Beastie Boys Get It Together With $1.7M IP Win Over Monster

Law360, New York (June 5, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT) -- The Beastie Boys scored a $1.7M win over Monster Energy Co. on Thursday when a federal jury sided with the legendary New York City band’s claims of “egregious” infringement by the energy drink maker for its unauthorized use of their songs in a promotional video.

The jury found that Monster had willfully infringed the band’s copyrights when it used five Beastie Boys tracks for a marketing video surrounding a company-sponsored snowboarding event without the band’s permission, and awarded them $1.2 million in statutory damages, with another $500,000 tacked on for false endorsement.

Band member Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and his wife, musician...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.


  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!

TRY LAW360 FREE FOR SEVEN DAYS