Beastie Boys Awarded $1.7 Million In Monster Energy Copyright Suit

Mike D and Ad-Rock filed a copyright suit in 2012 after the company used their music in a promo video.

The Beasties Boys have been award $1.7 million in a copyright case against Monster Energy after the company admitted it used the group’s music in a promotional video without licensing it.

A Manhattan jury delivered the verdict on Thursday (June 5), after eight days of trials and nearly two years after the suit was filed by the Brooklyn-bred group.

Mike D and Ad-Rock sued for copyright infringement back in August of 2012, after Monster used a mix of several Beastie Boys classic in a video promoting a snowboarding competition. The video concluded with the words “RIP MCA” to honor the late Adam “MCA” Yauch — which, according to Time, went against Yauch’s will, which stated his name and likeness were not to be used for promotional purposes.

They had originally requested more than $2 million, according to Reuters, while Monster insisted on $125,000.