Beastie Boys Resolve Copyright Battle With Monster
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees the Beastie Boys have resolved their copyright battle with bosses at Monster Beverage Corp. The existing members of the rap trio, Adam ‘Ad-Rock’ Horovitz and Michael ‘Mike D’ Diamond, accused the sports drink company of using excerpts from five of their songs without permission in a video promoting a snowboarding competition.
The duo claimed viewers might be misled into believing the group had endorsed Monster energy drinks, adding they never license their music for advertising purposes. Monster bosses conceded they had infringed upon the rap group’s copyright, but they challenged the damages awarded, claiming they were too high. Orders dismissing the case and Monster’s appeal were filed this week. The details of the settlement have not been released.