The Beastie Boys are fighting for their right … not to have the copyright to their songs infringed.
Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, Michael “Mike D” Diamond and the estate of the late Adam “MCA” Yauch have filed suit against Monster Energy Corp. over what the Beasties say is unauthorized use of several of their songs in promotional materials for the energy drink maker.
The suit — E! Online has a copy — says Monster used four Beastie Boys songs without permission in a promotional video for a snowboarding event Monster sponsored in Canada in May. The “Ruckus in the Rockies” video contained excerpts from “So Watcha Want,” “Sabotage,” “Make Some Noise” and “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun” and, according to the Beasties, “conveyed to consumers the impression that Beastie Boys permitted the use of their name and intellectual property, and participated in connection with Monster’s promotion of its products and events.”
The suit also claims Monster distributed an MP3 that featured a medley of a couple dozen Beastie Boys songs, again without permission. The group is asking for removal of the video (which may have already been taken down) and MP3 from the Internet and unspecified damages payments.
Separately, Rolling Stone reports that Adam Yauch tried to protect his music via his will. The will states that “in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes.”