Published Mar 25, 2015Beastie Boys have some seriously great lawyers. After sticking it to a toy company for an unauthorized use of their song "Girls," they've been in the process of taking Monster Beverage Corp. to the cleaners, currently seeking an additional $2.4 million in damages to add to the $1.7 million they already won. And don't even think about trying to sue them for unauthorized sampling — they just won a lawsuit from 2012.
In 2012, the day before founding member Adam Yauch passed away, record label Tuf America slapped the Boys with a copyright infringement lawsuit claiming that the group had sampled their artist Trouble Funk without permission on the Beasties' 1989 album Paul's Boutique.
Specifically, the lawsuit alleged that the group used the Trouble Funk song "Drop the Bomb" (samples of which apparently popped up on Beastie Boys' "Hold It Now Hit It," "The New Style" and "Car Thief") and "Say What" (which was sampled on "Shadrach").
As the Hollywood Reporter reports, a U.S district judge ruled yesterday (March 24) that Tuf America never acquired an exclusive licence to the material in question. In other words, it could sue on the Trouble Funk members' behalf if it wanted, but the company didn't have a right to make claims for itself.
In other words, the Beastie Boys have emerged victorious from yet another court battle.