The Beastie Boys are involved in another copyright lawsuit this week (the previous one against GoldieBlox ended in March with a settlement for an undisclosed amount). This time, the offending company is Monster Energy Drinks and, according to Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz of BB, it’s a repeat offence. The band also claim that Monster provided a link to a downloadable file of their music.
You gotta fight for your right... to not have your music used without permission.
On Tuesday, Horovitz testified against Monster at Manhattan Federal Court, the New York Daily News reports. The musician claimed that the Beastie Boys have not and will never in the future allow their music to be used in an ad campaign.
Back in November of 2013, the Beastie Boys addressed the copyright issue in relation to GoldieBlox in an open letter for the New York Times. Their message seems resonant again in this case: “Make no mistake, your video is an advertisement that is designed to sell a product and long ago, we made a conscious decision not to permit our music and/or name to be used in product ads," the band said at the time. The group's claim was bolstered by a stipulation in late member Adam Yauch's will that read "in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes."
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This is the Beastie Boys' second copyright battle within the span of a year.