The Beastie Boys turned down a request from Arnold Schwarzenegger to use their song "Sabotage" in Schwarzenegger’s film of the same name that came out earlier this year.
"It felt like too much of an endorsement. We weren’t fans of Mr. Schwarzenegger’s recent work," Michael Diamond, better known as Mike D, said in testimony in a lawsuit against Monster Energy Drink for using their songs without permission, Rolling Stone reported
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The band is suing Monster Energy Drink for $1 million for using their songs in a promotional video “Ruckus in the Rockies,” but the company says it should pay less.
“We do not let our music get used in in commercials for commercial products,” Diamond testified, the New York Daily News reported
A lawsuit against GoldieBlox for using a rendition of the Beasties Boys song "Girls" in a promotional video was settled in March.
Diamond said that he and Adam Horovitz, known as Ad-Rock, won’t produce any new Beastie Boys music following the 2012 death of bandmate Adam Yauch, known as MCA.
“We have not been able to tour since MCA, Adam Yauch, died,” Diamond said. “We can’t make new music.”
Yauch’s will prohibited the use of his music and "artistic property" for advertising purposes.
Yauch was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and died in May 2012 at age 47.
The Beastie Boys formed in 1979 and released their album “Licensed to Ill” in 1986.
Schwarzenegger’s film “Sabotage,” released in March, has made only $17.5 million. Its production budget was $35 million.
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