August 2, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City jury has awarded the Beastie Boys $1.7 million in a copyright violation case against beverage-maker Monster Energy Co.
The decision came Thursday at a civil trial in federal court in Manhattan.
Monster had admitted wrongly using Beastie Boys songs in a video that was online for five weeks. But the beverage maker insisted it should owe no more than $125,000. The Beastie Boys had sought $2 million.
The trial featured the testimony of rapper Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz. He told jurors the legendary hip-hop group would never license songs to endorse commercial products.
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