US: Monster Beverage hit with US$1.7m bill in Beastie Boys copyright case - report
Monster is reportedly set to appeal the ruling
Monster Beverage Corp is facing a pay-out of US$1.7m for its unauthorised use of music by hip hop group the Beastie Boys, according to reports.
A jury at Manhattan federal court ruled on the total yesterday (5 June) following an eight-day hearing, the BBC reported. The jury awarded $120,000 for each of ten copyright violations, plus an extra $500,000 after finding Monster had used the band's persona without permission.
“When Monster was notified by the Beastie Boys that the company was mistaken in its belief that it had the proper authorisation, Monster immediately removed the video from the internet."
In its last set of full-year results, the group's profits were held back by on-going legal issues over the safety and marketing of its products.
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