Beastie Boys Win $1.7 Million In Suit Against Monster Energy Drinks

www.buzzfeed.com Published: June 6, 2014
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The Beastie Boys have won their battle against Monster Energy Drinks, according to BuzzFeed.

Surviving band members Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond were awarded $1.7 million Thursday by a New York jury, according to Reuters. The jury decided the drink company had violated the Boys’ copyrights by using several of their songs — “Sabotage,” “Make Some Noise,” “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun” and others — in a 2012 promotional video.



Horovitz, Diamond and Denchen Yauch — the widow of deceased band member Adam Yauch — filed the case in 2012 and had asked for up to $2.5 million. The lawsuit argued that Monster had confused the public, leading people to believe the Beastie Boys somehow endorsed or were associated with the drink company, BuzzFeed reports.

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