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Lawyers for the Beastie Boys, including the estate of Adam “MCA” Yauch, are currently suing Monster Energy Drink, as SPIN noted yesterday. The lawsuit, according to Variety, alleges that the beverage manufacturers violated copyright law by using the trio’s music in promos and three-minute-plus videos for an event called Ruckus in the Rockies. The Beaties also claim Monster used their likenesses in a video on their website and in a social-media campaign, which linked to a 23-minute “mega mix” made by DJ Z-Trip of songs like “So What’cha Want,” “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun,” “Make Some Noise,” “Paul Revere,” and “Sabotage” (26 total songs are named in the suit). This mix was also posted to websites like snowboardmag.com. The material is alleged to have gone up around May 9, five days after Yauch’s death.




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