Beastie Boys win lawsuit against Monster; Mike D officially says the band is no more
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.”