The court has sided with the band in their copyright infringement lawsuit against Monster Beverage; the energy drink company intends to appeal the verdict.
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Beastie Boys have won a $1.7 million verdict in their copyright lawsuit against Monster Beverage. The surviving members of the hip-hop band sought up to $2.5 million for copyright infringement and false endorsement, following the unauthorized use of their music in a YouTube promo video published by the company. Monster countered that the sum was “illogical”, declaring the maximum it could be liable for was $125, 000.
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“Although Monster Energy has great respect for the verdict of the jury, we strongly disagree with it, ” Monster’s attorney Reid Kahn told Rolling Stone. “We will make an application to the Court to set aside the verdict and we intend to file an appeal. From the inception, Monster Energy has been willing to resolve this matter in a fair and equitable manner and we will continue to make additional efforts to reach a just resolution of this dispute.”
Beastie Boys’ Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz made a general statement after the verdict, noting, “We’re happy. We just want to thank the jury.”