Monster Beverage to Appeal Beastie Boys Ruling
Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:05:12
Monster Beverage Co. was ordered to shell out $1.7 million to the Beastie Boys for copyright infringement. The drink company used the band's music, including the songs "Sabotage" and "Make Some Noise," in a 2012 online video tribute to late band member Adam "MCA" Yauch, who died of cancer, effectively tabling the band forever, without permission.
The company asked the payment to be around $125,000, claiming it was an honest mistake and that it believed it could fairly use the material. But jurors awarded the remaining members of the trio much more than that.
Monster plans to appeal, issuing this statement: "Although Monster Energy has great respect for the verdict of the jury, we strongly disagree with it. We will make an application to the Court to set aside the verdict and we intend to file an appeal. From the inception, Monster Energy has been willing to resolve this matter in a fair and equitable manner and we will continue to make additional efforts to reach a just resolution of this dispute."
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