Monster Beverage Corp fails to sink Beastie Boys payout
Monster Beverage initially said the requested payout was too high
A US court has refused to throw out a ruling that ordered Monster Beverage Corp's to pay US$1.7m to the Beastie Boys for its unauthorised use of music by the hip-hop group in an online video.
A federal judge in Manhattan ruled last week that a jury “could easily conclude” that the video released by Monster was endorsed by the Beastie Boys and that the group endorsed Monster products. The judge also said there was “no injustice in holding Monster accountable for recklessly disregarding” the Beastie Boys’ copyright.
The Beastie Boys won the payout in June after a jury awarded the group $1.2m for ten copyright violations, plus $500,000 for Monster's use of the band's persona without permission.
The case centred on a video featuring a Monster-sponsored snowboarding event in Canada. The film included a compilation of Beastie Boys music played by a DJ at the event.
Monster had admitted using the music, but said the initial $2m the band was seeking was “beyond reasonable”.
According to Reuters, Monster will appeal the judge's decision. The company did not respond to a request for comment.
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