Monster is reportedly set to appeal the ruling

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. 

The case centred on an online 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”. 
Lawyers acting for the energy drinks producer said it will appeal against yesterday's ruling, the BBC reported. 
The California-based firm said last week: “Monster in good faith believed it had obtained the rights to use a compilation of certain Beastie Boys music for an internet video.

“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.