Beastie Boys’ Monster copyright infringement case win is upheld by judge

The living members of the hip-hop band won £1.01 million over the summer

A judge has upheld Beastie Boys‘ $1.7 million (£1.01 million) copyright lawsuit win against the Monster Beverage Corp.

The case centred on a video created by the corporation which used five Beastie Boys songs in a “Beastie Boys Megamix” and flashed the message “RIP MCA” on screen to promote a show in 2012 without the band’s knowledge or permission. The late Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch stated in his will that his likeness or art, including his work with the Beastie Boys, was not to be used for advertising purposes.

Spin reports that yesterday (December 4), a judge refused to throw out the original verdict, which was decided upon over the summer of 2014. US District Judge Paul Engelmayer said there was “ample basis” to believe that the video could have made viewers assume it was endorsed by the hip-hop group. Monster’s lawyer Reid Kahn responded in an email, saying they intended to appeal the decision. “We disagree with the court’s decision and the jury verdict and we intend to appeal.”

During the trial Beastie Boys member Michael Diamond – aka Mike D – effectively announced the end of the band, saying that they promised the late MCA they would not make any new music after he passed away. “We have not been able to tour since MCA, Adam Yauch, died,” Diamond said. “We can’t make new music.” When asked if the band would have given permission for their work to be used in the Monster promo, Mike D said: “Absolutely no”.