The Beastie Boys have won their copyright violation lawsuit against the Monster Energy beverage company, with jurors awarding $1.7 million to the band.
The case, which went to trial last week, centered around a video that the company used to promote an event called “Ruckus In The Rockies,” just days after the death of Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch in May 2012, which included portions of five Beastie Boys songs without the group’s permission.
- Monster Energy admitted to infringing on the band’s copyrights, but insisted that the $2 million in damages the group had asked for was too extreme. The company had been seeking to pay $125,000.
- An attorney for Monster told Rolling Stone, “Although Monster Energy has great respect for the verdict of the jury, we strongly disagree with it.” The company intends to file an appeal.
- Surviving Beastie Boys Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond both testified in the federal courtroom. Horovitz said after the verdict was announced, “We’re happy. We just want to thank the jury.”