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Copyright Suits: Beastie Boys Lose The Right To Say ‘No’

by | 29th, May 2014



WHEN Adam Yauch passed away, his fellow Beastie Boys were told, in no uncertain terms, that they should respect his legacy by never allowing their music to be used in advertisements.

And so, the Beasties are now taking on the Monster Energy drinks company over music used for commercial purposes.

So what’s happening? Adam Horovitz and Mike D appeared in a New York court to demand in advance of $2 million from Monster after they used ‘Sabotage’, ‘Make Some Noise’ and ‘So What’cha Want’ as the soundtrack for a video commemorating a snowboarding competition called ‘Ruckus in the Rockies’.

Monster have held their hands up and said that they used the Beasties’ music without permission, and offered to pay out $125,000 by way of apology a figure that Ad-Rock and Diamond say is not nearly enough. They want $1 million for use of the songs and a further million for “implied endorsement.”

Well, Monster’s lawyer,

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