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Beastie Boys Resolve Copyright Battle With Monster Beverage

Monster Beverage Corp. has settled on undisclosed terms two related lawsuits that accused the company of using without permission excerpts from five Beastie Boys songs in a 4-minute video promotion of a Canadian snowboarding event, Reuters reports.

The existing members of the iconic hip-hop trio, Adam ‘ad-Rock’ Horovitz and Michael ‘Mike D’ Diamond, claimed viewers might be misled into believing the group had endorsed Monster energy drinks, adding they never licence their music for advertising purposes. More over, they objected to the potential association of its name with Monster energy drinks.

According to Aba Journal the duo was awarded nearly $2.4 million in damages and attorney fees in one of the Manhattan federal court lawsuits.

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Monster bosses conceded they had infringed upon the rap group’s copyright, but they challenged the damages awarded, claiming they were too high.

Capitol Records and Universal-Polygram International Publishing subsequently filed its own case in Manhattan federal court.

As part of the settlement, Monster has dropped its appeal of the verdict won by the Beastie Boys and both cases were dismissed on Thursday.


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