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The Judge Busted In and Said, 'What's That Noise?' Aw, Monster Lost Its Suit Against the BEASTIE BOYS

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | June 6, 2014 | Comments ()


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You want to use a song that you know won’t blow
You ask the Beasties, “Please?” but they still says, “No!”
You missed two memos and a cease and desist
And their lawyer sues your ass like you’re some kind of jerk

You gotta fight for your right to damages!

The Beasties caught you cheating and they said, “No way!”
That hypocrite uses “Sabotage” anyway
Man, living by the rules is such a drag
Now Monster threw away your best legal bag (Busted!)

You gotta fight for your right to damages!
You gotta fight!

Don’t step out of this courtroom if ignorance is the defense you’re gonna prepare
Adam Yauch’s will says you don’t have a prayer
The judge busted in and said, “What’s that noise?”
Aw, Monster lost its suit against the Beastie Boys!

You gotta fight for your right to damages!

$1.7 million, to be exact, after Monster Energy Drink included parts of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage,” “So What’cha Want,” “Make Some Noise” and “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun” on a promotional video on their website. And since Adam Yauch’s will specifically prohibits any company from using the group’s music for advertisements, the Beasties took them to court and wiped the floor with them.

Source: Stereogum




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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • DeaconG

    For a second there I thought you meant Monster Cable, who are despicable in their zealotry in protecting their brand. (Really, guys? Fucking with Monster Putt-Putt? Little mom-and-pops that couldn't hit back? Gee, you weren't so hardcore after Blue Jeans Cable beat your ass now, were ya?) I don't use their products to this day...looks like there's another Monster to avoid.

  • Some Guy

    There's an unwritten rule amongst lawyers:

    Tis better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.

    Monster Beverage Corps. gross sales the 4th quarter of 2012 were 545 million dollars. That's in 3 months.

    They knew exactly what they were doing. You use the music, get as much as you can out of it, and when the copyright holder sues, you say sorry, pay them off a paltry 1.7 million, and move on.

    Something tells me that Monster earned more than 1.7 million in advertising/sales because of the use.

  • Parsnip

    True. What's the saying: if you don't ask, they can't say no?

  • BendinIntheWind

    I legit don't get the baffling level of unawareness that would cause a company to think they, for some reason, will be the ONE exception to the Beastie Boys' longstanding policy against licensing their music for commercial use. DUH guys, no one's gotten away with it before, you're not special. Now pay up, stupids.

  • Guest

    .

  • You can, you will and you should STOP
    You can, you will and you should STOP
    Monster Energy just got rocked in the pock-et

  • JoeK

    No (no)!
    Sleep (sleep)!
    Till breach of contract!

    Oh shut up, I haven't had any coffee yet.

  • Good.

  • Adrienne Marie

    It's really simple. If the guy's will says not to do something, don't do it.

  • BWeaves

    Whew! For a moment there, I thought the girl's erector set company was getting sued again.

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