Beastie Boys take Monster Energy Drink to court
The legal battle between Beastie Boys and Monster Energy Drink will finally come to a head this week. On Tuesday, Adam ‘Ad-Rock’ Horovitz is set to appear at Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse in New York City, where he’ll represent the hip-hop group in their copyright infringement case against Monster.
Beastie Boys originally filed a lawsuit in August 2012, alleging that Monster “willfully, maliciously, and oppressively” used portions of the group’s songs in a promos video for an event called Ruckus in the Rockies. The advertisements also suggested that Beastie Boys were personally involved in the event.
The suit sought a permanent injunction, as well as statutory damages of $150,000 for each infringement of the group’s works. Horovitz is set to take the stand at 1:00pm ET Tuesday, and the trial is open to the public.
In his will, Beastie Boys’ Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch banned usage of his music in advertisements. His bandmates have abided by those wishes; in addition to their suit against Monster, the group took legal action against Feminist toy company GoldieBlox after they used a parody of their song “Girls” in a commercial.