Published Jan 19, 2015The Monster Beverage Corp. is likely regretting its use of the Beastie Boys' music in a 2012 promotional video, as the unlicensed music has proven to be very costly. The band successfully sued the energy drink company for $1.7 million in damages last summer. Now, they're seeking an additional $2.4 million.
As Billboard reports, the group are seeking the additional funds to cover legal costs. "Monster's tactics significantly increased the costs for Beastie Boys to vindicate their intellectual property rights, such that, absent an award of attorney's fees and costs, plaintiff's success at trial would become a Pyrrhic victory," the group wrote in a lawsuit filed over the weekend.
As previously reported, the will of the deceased Adam "MCA" Yauch specfically stated that his music and likeness could not be used in any promotional campaigns. "Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes," the document reads.
Stay tuned for more information on the case as it becomes available.