Beastie Boys Want Monster to Pay Them Another $2.4 Million in Legal Fees
They say the $1.7 million they got last year in the copyright infringement case failed to cover expenses
The long, long saga of the Beastie Boys’ legal battle with Monster continues, as the group is seeking an additional $2.4 million in legal fees. The battle that will define our time started way back in 2012 when Monster used bits of “Sabotage” and four other songs in some promotional videos without permission. The Beastie Boys, not wanting their music used for free and not wanting to seem like they were endorsing the energy-drink company (they’re just beastly, not monstrous, after all), sued, and after a lengthy fight were awarded $1.7 million for their trouble in June of last year.
Now, they’re coming back for more, as their winnings don’t cover the hefty legal fees they incurred during the courtroom battle — fees they claimed were made worse by Monster’s failure to egnage in good-faith-relations. “Monster’s tactics significantly increased the costs for Beastie Boys to vindicate their intellectual property rights, such that, absent an award of attorney’s fees and costs, plaintiff’s success at trial would become a Pyrrhic victory,” the band’s laywers wrote in a filing Saturday, according to Billboard. They’re looking for a cool $2.4 million to cover all the expenses.
We’ll keep you updated on this legal battle until the end, which at this rate, should be around the same time as the heat death of the Universe.