Beastie Boys win $1.7 Million in Copyright Case Against Monster Energy
The Beastie Boys won $1.7 million after suing Monster Beverage in a copyright suit for using the band's music in a promotional video. The company stated one of its employees "inadvertently believed Monster had permission to use the music" and that the case was "illogical." They intend to appeal. The employee sent the video to Z-Trip for approval and when he replied, "Dope!" took it as confirmation to use on the company's website. Z-Trip claimed he was simply expressing that he liked how he appeared in the video. The case came after the death of Adam "MCA" Yaunch, who specifically prohibited companies from downloading the group's music for advertisements in his will.
By Jordan Moses
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