Beastie Boys (music group)

Beastie Boys awarded $1.7 million in Monster Energy copyright dispute

The Beastie Boys have won their lawsuit against Monster Energy Co. over the company’s unauthorized use of the pioneering hip-hop group’s music in a promotional video.

The surviving members of the group were awarded a $1.7-million judgment against the beverage company on Thursday, according to Reuters.

A federal jury in Manhattan reached a verdict on the eighth day of trial in a dispute in which the group had sought up to $2.5 million for copyright infringement and false endorsement.

Beastie Boys members Adam "Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael "Mike D” Diamond filed suit against Monster Energy back in 2012, following the death of Adam “MCA” Yauch, after the...