Ad-Rock of Beastie Boys Testifies Against Monster Energy Drink in Copyright Trial
(www.fashiontimes.com) – Adam Horovitz, better known as Ad-Rock from the rap group “Beastie Boys,” appeared before the Manhattan Federal Court on Tuesday to testify against Monster Energy Drink for illegally using the band’s songs in a promotional video, Reuters reported.
orovitz was accompanied by his wife, Kathleen Hanna and bandmate Michael Diamond or Mike D during the trial.
The video in question was from the snowboarding competition event Ruckus in the Rockies sponsored and organized by Monster. For the event, the energy drink company compiled clips from the competition for a promotional video which was then uploaded in Youtube.
The video featured remix versions of songs from the “Beastie Boys” such as “Sabotage,” “Make Some Noise” and “So What’cha Want.”
Ad-Rock and his group first filed the complaint in June of 2012 and said they did not issue a permission to Monster to use their songs.
Paul Garrity, the lawyer representing the band, said “Beastie Boys” made an agreement years ago to not lend their songs to companies or other groups for commercial or promotional purposes.
“It stole the ‘Beastie Boys” right to say no,” Garrity commented.
The band is asking for at least $2 million from Monster for copyright infringement.
Representatives from Monster acknowledged that they had made a mistake and claimed an employee wrongfully thought that the company had acquired the licenses for the songs. However, Reid Kahn, the company’s lawyer, said the company should only pay the group a maximum of $125,000.00
The company released a statement saying the sum the band is asking for is unreasonable, Pitch Fork reported.
“When Monster was notified by the ‘Beastie Boys’ that the company was mistaken in its belief that it had the proper authorization, Monster immediately removed the video from the Internet,” Monster said in a statement. “The video received less than 14,000 views during the brief period it was online.”
“This lawsuit is solely about what, if anything, Monster must pay to the ‘Beastie Boys’ because of Monster’s good faith mistake,” the company continued. “In Monster’s view, the ‘Beastie Boys’ are demanding sums that are beyond any reasonable fair market value.