Beastie Boys Sue Monster Energy For Use Of Unlicensed Songs

Beastie Boys sue Monster Energy Corp. for failing to properly secure licensing for songs used in an ad.

Beastie Boys have filed suit against Monster Energy Corp. over the unlicensed use of their songs "Sabotage," "So Whatcha Want" and "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun" in a promotional campaign.

According to E! News, Monster used the songs without properly licensing them in an ad for its 2012 Ruckus in the Rockies event, posted in May. The video is "comprised substantially of excerpts from the Beastie Boys Sound Recordings and the Beastie Boys Musical Compositions totaling more than three minutes in duration," reads the complaint.

"The text accompanying Monster's internet postings, video and MP3 conveyed to consumers the impression that Beastie Boys permitted the use of their name and intellectual property, and participated in connection with Monster's promotion of its products and events," the suit argues.

Beastie Boys are seeking unspecified damages for intellectual property violations and alleged copyright infringement.

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12 Comments

  • MonsterFishKeeperMember

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  • MonsterFishKeeperMember

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  • MonsterFishKeeperMember

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  • Juan Maknflow

    Beastie Boys suck? Name a hip-hop group that has still been relevant after 25 plus years in the game. KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane, and Slick Rick are great mc's. I guarantee every one of them would give the Beastie Boys their props. Matter of fact, KRS shouts them out at every live performance I ever saw by him. 4 to be exact. Temple of Hip-Hop, etc, etc... Look, no one, myself included, says the Beasties were great lyricists. Certainly not in the category of KRS, Kane, or Slick Rick. Still, they made their mark. Sold more records than most, (pretty sure licensed to ill is def jams biggest seller ever), One of the best live performances ever, not to mention, MCA (RIP), has done more for humanity in his shortened life span, than most people will do in a life time. You don't have to like them, but seeing as how you're 23, you wouldn't understand their impact. They have been in the game, longer than you have been alive. Did I mention Russell Simmons built an empire off those dudes? Real talk!

  • Anonymous

    beastie boys suck so who gives a fuck. A bunch of old high pitched white men (and Im white). I have never understood people's obsession with these dudes. I'm 23...I listen to KRS-one, big daddy kane, slick rick, etc. but I can't get a feel for these guys...That brass monkey shit sounds like nails on a chalkboard to me.

    • Anonymous

      Ya they do a bunch of rich white jewish dudes rappin...ill pass

    • Sam

      People think that LIcense To Ill is all that the Beastie Boys ever contributed to hip hop. Listen to "Paul's Boutique" all the way through and then let's talk. There isn't one group who has been as consistently innovative as the Beasties. They have definitely earned their place as legends in hip hop culture.

    • Anonymous

      smoke a joint and listen to ill communications i admit brass monkey does suck

  • Anonymous

    monster has to be one of the lamest companies out

  • Anonymous

    Monster and Jager is thee best combo, but you don't fucked up. Pay up y'all.

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