They fought for their right! The Beastie Boys won their lawsuit against Monster Energy Co., after the brand allegedly used their music in one of their promotional videos. $1.7 million is not too bad to walk away with!
Hip-hop band Beastie Boys have finally won their legal battle! The band ordered a lawsuit back in 2012 against Monster Energy Co. when they illegally used the Beastie Boys’ music on their website. However, the boys came out with the win and were awarded $1.7 million for Monster Energy Co.’s wrong-doing — get the details here!
Beastie Boys Win Lawsuit Against Monster Energy
The band’s lawsuit against Monster Energy Co. was set off when the company included parts of the Beastie Boys’music — “Sabotage,” “So What’cha Want,” “Make Some Noise” and “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun”– in a promotional video promoting an annual snowboarding competition, that they were sponsoring.
Fans believed the Beastie Boys promoted and supported Monster, but really the company never had the permission to use their music in the company video in the first place. Tisk tisk!
The four-minute video ended with “RIP MCA” — a tribute to member, Adam Yauch, who went by “MCA” and died a day before the event from cancer.
In 2012 when the lawsuit first began, the band argued, “The public was confused into believing that the plaintiffs sponsored, endorsed and are associated with defendant Monster in promoting defendant Monster’s productions and promotional events.”
Monster Energy Co. Doesn’t Agree With Ending Result
So, what was Monster thinking by not getting Beastie Boys’ approval for their music? Hmm…
Well, Monster Energy Co. doesn’t agree with the band making millions of dollars off of them. They think $125,000 is the most the band should have got out of this, according to CBS, but they request $2 million, and almost got all of that.
There you have it, HollywoodLifers! Does Monster Energy Co. have a point? Do you think the Beastie Boys should have won as much money as they did? Let us know what you’re thinking!
— Sammi Errico