The Beastie Boys have settled a suit that they brought against Monster Beverage Corp. They fought for their copyright, and now they have settled for a sizeable sum.
The Beastie Boys sued Monster Beverage Corp after the company allegedly used five of the 8o’s hip-hop group’s songs without permission. The video that infringed features a mega-mix of the Beastie Boys’ music produced by disc jockey Z-Trip to promote the annual Canadian snowboard competition, “Ruckus in the Rockies”.
The Beastie Boys allege that viewers of the video may be misled into thinking that the group somehow endorsed Monster Energy drinks when the group has long refused to license their music for use in advertising.
The case was brought against Monster by Capitol Records and Universal-Polygram International Publishing, both arms of Vivendi SA, based in France. The plaintiffs agreed to a settlement in a related lawsuit against the beverage company. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Monster dropped its appeal of a $1.7 million jury verdict and an award of $667,849 in legal fees for the Beastie Boys suit when orders dismissing the cases were filed on Thursday.
Monster conceded it was liable for copyright infringement, but the Corona, California-based company thought the damages were too high.
The Vivendi units sued three months after the June 2014 jury verdict.
Two members of Beastie Boys, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond, testified at trial. The third member of the group, Adam “MCA” Yauch, died in May 2012.
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