Beastie Boys Come Out Winners in Copyright Lawsuit Against Monster Energy Drink

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The Beastie Boys scored $1.7 million in a copyright-infringement lawsuit against Monster Energy Drink. The rap group had sued Monster for using five of their songs in a promotional video without their consent.

Monster used several of the Beastie Boys’ songs for the video featured at the “Ruckus in the Rockies” event to promote the energy drink.

The Beastie Boys were awarded $1.2 million for unauthorized use of the songs and $500,000 due to Monster’s false endorsement. Monster has agreed that it wrongfully used the songs but the company contends it should only be liable for $125,000. The caffeinated drink company claims only about 13,000 people watched the video before it was taken off of YouTube.

The group was originally seeking $2 million from Monster.

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