Beastie Boys member Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz will take the stand this Tuesday (May 27th) at a Manhattan courthouse as the trial begins pertaining to a lawsuit that the rap/rock trio filed against soft drink company Monster Energy. According to Spin, the band has alleged in the breach of copyright suit that the company used several Beastie Boys songs in promotional materials for an event called “Ruckus In The Rockies,” suggesting that the band was involved in the event.
- The Beasties’ lawsuit asks for a permanent injunction, as well as statutory damages of $150,000 for each infringement of the group’s works. Horovitz is set to take the stand at 1:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, and the trial is open to the public.
- Monster Energy claimed months ago that the music was part of a mash-up given to them by producer/DJ Z-Trip, insinuating that he gave them permission to use it. A judge called the company’s defense “reckless.”
- The will of late Beastie Boys member Adam “MCA” Yauch expressly forbids the use of his music and image in any advertising.
- Last year, the Beastie Boys filed suit against the toy company GoldieBlox for using a parody of their 1987 track “Girls” in a commercial. That matter was settled out of court.