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Beastie Boys fight for rights to songs in trial against Monster Beverage

Published on May 28, 2014 6:50 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - The Beastie Boys hip-hop group turned to the courts on Tuesday to fight for their right to not let energy drink maker Monster Beverage use their songs.

A jury in Manhattan federal court heard opening statements in the case stemming from the popular Brooklyn-born band's attempts to hold Monster to account for unauthorised use of its music in a 2012 promotional video.

Paul Garrity, a lawyer for the Beastie Boys, said the Beastie Boys had made a choice years ago to not license their music to promote commercial products like the caffeine-filled drink sold by Monster, which was required to seek a license. "It stole the Beastie Boys' right to say no," Garrity said.

With members of the band in attendance, Garrity urged the four men and four women on the jury to award at least US$2 million (S$2.5 million) for copyright infringement and for false endorsement.

Beastie Boys member Adam Horovitz, also known as Ad-Rock, exits the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Lower Manhattan with his wife punk singer Kathleen Hanna on May 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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