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Beastie Boy due in court for Monster infringement case

By | Published on Tuesday 27 May 2014

Adam Horovitz

Adam Horovitz is expected to appear in court in New York later today to give evidence in the Beastie Boys’ legal battle with the Monster Energy Drink.

The rap group sued the energy drink company in August 2012, just a few months after the death of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, who had included a clause in his will that prohibited the use of his music, image or any other artistic creation in advertising.

The group’s lawsuit claims that the drinks company used their music in videos and downloads without permission, and is seeking damages of $150,000 for each infringement. The lawsuit adds: “The public was confused into believing that plaintiffs sponsored, endorsed and are associated with defendant Monster in promoting defendant Monster’s productions and promotional events”.

According to Consequence Of Sound, Horovitz will explain why he feels that is a suitable damages sum for Monster’s alleged infringing activities as the case gets underway in court later today.