Beastie Boys Sue Monster Energy Drinks Over 'No Ad' Wish

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Beastie Boys are suing Monster energy drinks for using their music in advertisements.

The bad news for Monster energy drinks keeps rolling in: now, the Beastie Boys are suing the drink brand for using their name and images in advertisements.

The news came in just days after the late MCA's, aka Adam Yauch's, final wishes were revealed. In his will, Yauch specifically stated that neither his music nor his image should be used in advertising. Of course, that's exactly what's featured in Monster's promo videos for the upcoming  Ruckus in the Rockies, a Monster-sponsored event. In it, the band's songs "Sabotage," "So Whatcha Want," and "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun" were featured in a little more than three minutes of snippets. 

The band's members are seeking $15,000 in damages, saying the videos infringe on copyright and trademark protection. However, Yauch's specific request in his will may not be valid, Forbes notes, because it confused the difference between copyright and publicity rights.


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