Beastie Boys, Monster settle copyright lawsuit

Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:18pm EST
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By Jonathan Stempel

(Reuters) - They fought for their copyright. And now they have settled.

Beastie Boys have resolved their lawsuit accusing Monster Beverage Corp of using excerpts from five of the hip-hop group's songs without permission in a video promoting a Canadian snowboarding competition.

Capitol Records and Universal-Polygram International Publishing, which are units of France's Vivendi SA, settled a related lawsuit against Monster over the same video.

The terms were not disclosed. Orders dismissing the cases were filed on Thursday in two Manhattan federal courts.

In connection with the dismissals, Monster dropped its appeal of a $1.7 million jury verdict and an award of $667,849 in legal fees in the Beastie Boys' lawsuit.

Monster and lawyers for the parties had no immediate comment or declined to comment.

A 2012 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Beastie Boys have long refused to license their music for advertising.

The group sued Monster over a roughly four-minute "megamix" video by disk jockey Z-Trip promoting an annual "Ruckus in the Rockies" snowboarding competition that Monster sponsored.   Continued...

Beastie Boys member Adam Horovitz (R), or "Ad-Rock," enters his car after he exited the Federal Court in New York June 5, 2014. 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. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz