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...

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