Universal Sues Monster Energy Drink over Misappropriated Beastie Boys Tunes
Published Sep 24, 2014Monster Beverage Corp. is facing yet another lawsuit over copyright infringement issues, with two branches of the Universal Music Group now teaming up to sue the energy drink manufacturers over a 2012 promotional video that misused songs from the Beastie Boys catalogue.
Reuters reports that Capitol Records and Universal-Polygram filed suit today (September 24) against Monster in New York federal court, seeking a minimum $1.2 million for the unauthorized use of five Beastie Boys compositions in an online promotion for the company's Ruckus in the Rockies snowboarding competition. This included the Beasties' "Sabotage," "So What'cha Want" and "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun."
An earlier suit filed by the surviving members of the Beastie Boys was ruled in their favour and awarded the hip-hop group $1.7 million in damages in June. The band had stipulated in court that "We [the Beastie Boys] don't license our songs for products."
Following the conclusion of that case, Monster noted that it strongly disagreed with the verdict and intended to file an appeal.
Neither Monster Beverage Corp. nor the Beastie Boys have commented on this latest lawsuit.