Jun 06, 2014 12:47PM

Beastie Boys Win $1.7 Million In Monster Lawsuit

Fight for your right not to let Monster use your music.
The Beastie Boys have just won a cool $1.7 million from gross-tasting energy drink purveyors, Monster Beverage Corp — essentially fighting for their right to not let the brand use their songs without the group's permission (aka party). According to Reuters, a federal jury in Manhattan handed down the verdict after eight days of court, in which the hip hop bros were seeking up to $2.5 million for copyright infringement and false endorsement. Which is fair enough, since you just know these guys would be the least likely people on earth to touch a can of pissy Monster.
The lawsuit revolved around a YouTube video the brand uploaded in August of 2012, promoting some snowboarding competition to the remixed tune of 'Sabotage', 'So Watch Want' and 'Make Some Noise.' The video then ended with the message "RIP MCA" — because Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch died the day before the event. So you know, it was the height of respect and not at all exploitative. Classic Beastie Boys, still fighting for their right.
Photo: Phil Andelman