The Beastie Boys sue Monster Energy for $1.7 million

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In legal news, the Beastie Boys have sued energy drink giant Monster Energy for copyright infringement and false endorsement after a snowboarding edit that included Beastie Boys songs “Sabotage,” “Pass the Mic,” “Make Some Noise,” “So What’cha Want” and “Looking Down the Barrel Of a Gun,” as well as a “RIP MCA” endcard stylized with Monster’s logo. All of the songs were compiled in a mix by DJ Z-Trip, who then gave Monster permission to use in the recap video for Ruckus in the Rockies, for which the surviving Beastie Boys Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond sued for $2 million — an amount Monster dismissed as “excessive.”

The jury awarded the Ad Rock and Mike D $1.7 million total for copyright infringement and unauthorized promotional use of Adam Yauch’s name, which was strictly stated in the late MCA’s will. Basically the Beasties claimed that Monster could make some cash off of all of this without asking if it’s cool, which it most certainly isn’t. Bottom line, fight for your right, yo.