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Beastie Boys: $1.7M Awarded to Band After Copyright Violated

By    |   Friday, 06 Jun 2014 06:45 PM

The Beastie Boys were awarded $1.7 million Thursday by a jury that agreed the makers of Monster Energy Drink violated copyright by using their music in an online video.

The two surviving band members testified in the federal court case in New York that they were against using their music for commercial endorsements.

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Monster Energy Co., which is based in Corona, California, had agreed that it used the songs in an online video, but said it owed only $125,000 for the violation.

Beastie Boys Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond sought $2 million in the lawsuit.

According to The Associated Press, Diamond testified that the band members have been dependent on their already-existing music for revenue since rapper Adam Yauch died of cancer in 2012.

“We cannot tour. We cannot make recordings," he said.

Five of the group’s songs — “Sabotage,” “So Watcha Want,” “Make Some Noise,” “Pass the Mic” and “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun” — were used in a Monster video that played online for five weeks, the AP said.

The jury awarded $120,000 each for 10 copyright violations.

“We’re happy,” Horovitz told the AP outside the court.

During the eight-day trial, Monster’s attorneys said an employee thought Monster had permission to use the music, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Monster’s attorney also said that the band was trying to make it seem as if the company planned to steal the music, the Tribune said, quoting an attorney who said, “The plaintiffs try to take the undisputed evidence and spin some tale of an insidious corporate conspiracy.”

Monster’s attorney’s said after the case that they planned to appeal.

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