Capitol, UMG Now Sue Monster Over Beastie Boys Copyright Infringement
September 24, 2014 at 1:51 PM (PT)
Two UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP divisions have sued MONSTER BEVERAGE CORP for using BEASTIE BOYS music in a promotional video, citing copyright infringement, it was reported today by REUTERS.
The lawsuit, filed in NEW YORK federal court, comes three months after the BEASTIE BOYS won a $1.7 million lawsuit against the same company for using the same music.
The latest lawsuit was filed by CAPITOL RECORDS and UNIVERSAL-POLYGRAM INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING, seeks at least $1.2 million for the infringement of five BEASTIE BOYS recordings and compositions.
Both lawsuits involved an online video promoting an annual, MONSTER-sponsored snowboarding competition in CANADA called "Ruckus In The Rockies."
The video features the competition and an after-party attended by DJs, including a remix by Z-TRIP of BEASTIE BOYS songs, concluding with "RIP MCA," a memorium to the late band member ADAM YAUCH, who passed away a day before the MAY 2012 event.
Songs at issue include "Sabotage," "So Watcha Want" and "Make Some Noise."