Beastie Boys sue Monster Energy Drink for copyright infringement

on August 10, 2012, 3:24pm

beastie boys hot sauce committee pt. 2 spring 2011 gallery primary Beastie Boys sue Monster Energy Drink for copyright infringement

A lawyer for the Beastie Boys filed suit in Manhattan on Tuesday against Monster Energy Drink for alleged copyright infringement. As SPIN reports, the claim alleges that Monster Energy Drink “willfully, maliciously, and oppressively” used portions of Beastie Boys songs in various promos and three-minute-plus videos to promote an event called Ruckus in the Rockies. 26 total songs were listed as being unlawfully used in various videos appearing on websites associated with the event, including “So Whatcha’ Want”, “Looking Down The Barrel of a Gun” and “Sabatoge”.

Text that accompanied the songs also unlawfully implied Beastie Boys’ complicity, with one blurb saying in regards to the DJ Z-Trip Beastie Boys Mega Mix, ”With tracks from the Beastie Boys putting you in the vibe and a sponsorship from Monster Energy, this edit will make you want to ride and party like no other.”

It’s worth noting that, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the event Monster was promoting, Ruckus in the Rockies, was held on May 5th, the day after the death of Beastie Boys founding member Adam Yauch. DJ Z-Trip headlined a party at the event and reportedly paid a tribute to The Beastie Boys at the event. The infringing material is alleged to have been posted around May 9th.

The suit seeks a permanent injunction, as well as statutory damages of $150,000 for each infringement of their works.

This suit comes right after the news that founding member Adam Yauch– who died in May after a long battle with cancer — stated in his will that “In no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes” (via Rolling Stone).


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August 13, 2012 at 12:20 am

I hope this will take up some of Monster Energy Drink’s time and they drop the lawsuit against Monster Fish Keepers!!

August 11, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Wow, money hungry bastards. Maybe you should feel flattered that they wanted to use your music instead of trying to squeeze every penny out of everyone you can, you’re the fucking Beastie Boys, I’m sure your financially well off.

Matthew Miller
August 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

If you were a musician and your work was being used by a HUGE company like Monster for financial gain, would you not feel entitled to some of it? The beastie boys already have ties to the Red Bull music academy so this actually makes sense that they wouldn’t want Monster using their music.

Jackson Boblason
August 10, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Good, screw Monster. Their drink and all other energy drinks tastes like crap!

August 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm

lol, in come the bottom feeding, blood sucking attorneys, there is a gravy train to board lol.

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