Beastie Boys, Adam Yauch's Estate Taking Monster Energy Drink Maker To Court
In the name of their legacy, the surviving Beastie Boys and the late Adam Yauch's widow are dragging Monster Energy Drink makers into a copyright infringement lawsuit, E! Online reports.
Historically averse to licensing their music, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame trio's living members Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond, along with Denchen Yauch, are claiming in New York federal court that the popular beverage's marketers compiled a hype video for the Monster website set to an unauthorized mash-up of several Beastie Boys tracks.
The Beasties are arguing that the inclusion of "Sabotage," "So Watcha Want," "Make Some Noise" and "Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun" creates an unwanted commercial association. The mash-up of Beastie Boys hits plays over footage from the Monster-sponsored Ruckus Festival and a live set by Z-Trip. Since Monster allegedly never sought the group's permission, they're seeking the immediate removal of the video and MP3 from the website, not to mention monetary damages.
To make matters worse for Monster, Yauch's will specifically prohibits any commercial licensing of the trio's music, and leaves all ongoing decisions regarding his life's work with the Beastie Boys in the hands of Denchen as the will's executor.
Yauch died this past May at the age of 47 following a prolonged bout with cancer.
"Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes," the will explicitly states, according to Rolling Stone.
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