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Beastie Boys win $1.7 million in copyright lawsuit

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Mike D and Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys got (almost) everything they asked for: The two surviving members of the trio asked for up to $2.5 million in damages, and won $1.7 million in a copyright violation case against Monster Energy beverages.

The case stemmed from a promotional video released online by Monster Energy that used a number of Beastie Boys songs without permission. (The songs were part of a set by DJ Z-Trip, which played over the video).

The Beastie Boys — comprised of Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, Michael “Mike D” Diamond and the late Adam “MCA” Yauch — have always been opposed to having their music used in commercials and, just last year, sued GoldieBlox after the toy company used an altered version of one of their songs in an ad.

The details of the case — hinged largely on the legal interpretation of the word “dope,” are entertainingly bizarre; Rollingstone.com has a full account.