Beastie Boys Awarded $668,000 More From Monster Energy Drink
A year ago this month, Beastie Boys won a $1.7 million lawsuit against Monster Beverage for copyright infringement after the company used the band's songs in a promotional video without permission. High-profile legal battles cost money and, earlier this year, due to two years of litigation, the band sought almost $2.4 million in legal fees from Monster. They didn't quite get that, but yesterday (June 16), the Beastie Boys were awarded $668,000.
The band's lawyers wrote in their filing back in January, "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."
Now that this matter seems to be settled, this may be the last we hear from Beastie Boys: Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz confirmed in March that, following the passing of Adam "MCA" Yauch in 2012, the group is done, saying, “Adam Yauch started the band. It’s not like a thing where we could continue without him.” Ad-Rock has found new ways to take advantage of his new-found free time, though, including writing a memoir and kickstarting his acting career.
Beastie Boys – "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)"