Beastie Boys win $1.7 million in copyright case vs. Monster Beverage
By Nate Raymond
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Beastie Boys' fight for their right to not let Monster Beverage Corp use the hip-hop group's music without their permission resulted in a verdict of $1.7 million on Thursday.
A federal jury in Manhattan issued the verdict on the eighth day of trial in a copyright dispute between members of the Brooklyn-born band and the energy drink maker over songs the band says Monster used without a license in a 2012 promotional video.
The Beastie Boys had sought up to $2.5 million for copyright infringement and false endorsement.
Monster countered that it owed no more than $125,000, calling the case "illogical" and saying an employee had mistakenly believed the company had permission to use the music.
Beastie Boys members Adam Horovitz, or "Ad-Rock," and Michael Diamond, or "Mike D," attended much of the trial and both testified. After the verdict was read, Horovitz hugged his wife, musician Kathleen Hanna.
"We're happy," Horovitz said after the hearing. "We just want to thank the jury."
Reid Kahn, a lawyer for Monster, said the company would appeal.
Filed in August 2012, the lawsuit centered on an online video promoting an annual snowboarding competition the company organizes and sponsors in Canada called "Ruckus in the Rockies." Continued...