Posted in hiphop | music on June 6, 2014


The Beastie Boys just went to court with Monster Energy drink over the company using their music and likenesses in an advertisement, and it looks like things worked in favor of the Beasties. NBC reports:

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.

In other news, Mike D recently made it official that the band are no more. "We have not been able to tour since MCA, Adam Yauch, died," he told the NY Daily News, "We can't make new music."



Comments (22)

You gotta fight for your right to MONEY

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 9:36 AM

^I don't blame them for this.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 10:17 AM

Will George Clinton, the estate of Jimi Hendrix, et al get their share of the Beastie Boys' profits too?

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 10:28 AM

How greedy. Their music is a part of American culture. At some point you have to let go. Good riddance.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 10:31 AM

10:31- Easy to say when nothing you have created has been stolen by a company and used for profit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 10:55 AM

10:55 - you mean like all the artists that the Beasties stole from and used for profit?

I always find it so funny that Beastie Boys apologists are so quick to dismiss the blatent misuse of copyrighted source material by the 3 MCs on the go

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 11:03 AM

why do they have more lawsuits than hit records? #jews

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Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 1:43 PM

10:31pm Greedy? Hey fuckhead if they were "greedy" they'd sell their music to companies left and right. Quite the opposite, kiddo. They sued and won, deal with it, and deal with that it's their art, not yours or "America's", and they'll do whatever they want with it (or in this case do nothing with it.)

11:03pm Oh STFU. They settled with the artist or two they misused copyrighted material of. They didn't fight these people in court, they said they fucked up with their settlement/s and that's that.They made mistakes, it happens. I'd blame their management and legal team more than them. Beasties never fought anyone in court like Monster Energy embarrassingly did. Monster Energy blatantly used their art without permission and was unrepentant to the end, and I don't see it as more than a screwup by their legal team.

RIP Beastie Boys. I hope the remaining members continue to produce music solo and together for three music streams from them. No way these guys stop making new music period, it just won't be under the name Beastie Boys, and you have to respect that in an era of bands who reform with one original member (see many hardcore/NYHC bands) or no original members. A rare band who goes out with integrity.

Posted by D | June 6, 2014 1:48 PM

^ you know what's funny about the Beastie Boys,D? They actually DID turn their backs on hardcore! lol.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 4:19 PM

LOL @ "They settled with the artist or two they misused copyrighted material of"

Even for fake D you are a dumb motherfucker

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 4:30 PM

Sampling songs is (or should be) fair use; what Monster did was copyright infringement.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 4:40 PM

^ You DO realize that every court in the universe has ruled that sampling is copyright infringement, right? I guess I mean to say that since your first statement is SOOOOO far off from the universal understanding of intellectual property rights, it kind of invalidates everything else that you said, believe or think. So, there's that.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 5:44 PM

4:19pm No, they didn't. Wow, you are clueless.

Beastie Boys

- brought Murphy's Law on tour with them
- had various friends from the hardcore/NYHC including Jimmy G. from Murphy's Law in their first MTV video
- played hardcore on Check Your Head and on their Saturday Night Live appearance in support of that album
- picked Bad Brains to open for them at Madison Square Garden in 1995
- played a set under the name "Quasar" with Sick Of It All at Coney Island High that year
- produced an album by Bad Brains
- formed their own record label on which they put out DFL which had Ad Rock on bass and was made up of friends from the hardcore scene
- reissued their hardcore-era music on their own record label

So, you are clueless or a troll, probably the latter as no one could be so fucking stupid as to type what you typed.

4:30pm Fake D yeah ok sure whatever you say Anonymouse who'd never say it to my face. Fuckhead.

5:44pm (knowitall) Beasties sampled on Licensed To Ill. They have sold millions of records since. So that kind of invalidates everything you have said, believe, or think. So, there's that.

Better yet why don't you enlighten us on how the Beasties have done what they've done without it sinking their careers?

Posted by D | June 6, 2014 6:15 PM

Son, my boy D got opinions that destroy you like 42 decks... And his unwavering comment stamina is proof he be shooting up on that golden brown colored hummus with uncut Phyto-Nuttients. Don't f*ck with D, or you get the D in the B... Knameen?

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 6:19 PM

I mean he had to be joking with me, I knew that, so I played into it, it's all good. Perhaps there are people out there who don't know Beastie Boys roots in hardcore. So my reply educates them.

Beastie Boys didn't leave the hardcore scene because besides them putting back into it in their own way they turned into something else musically but still kept the ethics and autonomy of a hardcore band e.g. not allowing their art be used for commercial purposes, putting out the music THEY wanted to put out. I have NEVER heard or read anything where they were told what they could or could not do with their music, albums, videos etc.

Agnostic Front were and still are the worst kind of NYHC sellout ever because they have changed their musical style according to what is selling at the time.

Off! would play an entire U.S. tour sponsored by Cheetos or Cheez Doodles if they were offered enough money. Not only that, Keith would eat a Cheeto or Cheez Doodle or two onstage if told to. He looks like a Cheetos/Cheez Doodlehead if you dye his dreds orange LOL. Cheez Morris LOL.

Posted by D | June 6, 2014 6:49 PM

Fake D,

Eat a dick son


Everyone on BV

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 7:02 PM

Oh my, I think shit just got REAL all up in dis here

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 7:18 PM

Post city folk love advertising but dislike The Beastie Boys. What a sad bunch or cretins. I would expect as much though, these posts root for the cops for Jimmy Fallon's sake.

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | June 6, 2014 7:51 PM

You just know this ^ Freakshow puts on lipstick and a sequin miniskirt and hangs out by the post office on weekends

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 9:04 PM

For any doubters, definitely real D. He wrote a 10 page response to my joke about 'turning their backs on hardcore.' BTW, I have the DFL 7" - it's not very good...

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2014 10:38 PM

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