Beastie Boys win $1.7M in copyright case vs. Monster Beverage

The Beastie Boys, Mike Diamond (L), Adam Horowitz and Adam Yauch (R). REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files

The Beastie Boys, Mike Diamond (L), Adam Horowitz and Adam Yauch (R). REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files

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, Last Updated: 11:46 PM ET

Beastie Boys' fight for their right to not let Monster Beverage Corp use the hip-hop group's music without their permission resulted in a verdict of $1.7 million on Thursday.

A federal jury in Manhattan issued the verdict on the eighth day of trial in a copyright dispute between members of the Brooklyn-born band and the energy drink maker over songs the band says Monster used in a 2012 promotional video without a license.

The Beastie Boys had sought up to $2.5 million for copyright infringement and false endorsement.

Monster countered that it owed no more than $125,000, calling the case "illogical" and saying an employee had mistakenly believed the company had permission to use the music.


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