Beastie Boys Adam Horovitz Comments On Why They Didn't Want Monster To Use Their Songs
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.29.2014
Monster used the material without permission...
Billboard reports that when a lawyer for Monster Energy asked why the Beastie Boys won't endorse products but did license its music for a watch company's snowboarding video, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz had a simple explanation: "We like sports."
Horovitz said that snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing were favorites of the group, which started in the 1980s when they were all teenagers.
The testimony is part of a trial over a Beastie Boys lawsuit against Monster (located in Corona, California). Monster admitted that it violated their copyright when it used their songs in a video that was online for five weeks. However, it denies that it should have to pay them $2 million for a video that was viewed less than 14,000 times. They think they should only have to pay $125,000 or less.
Horovitz said during his testimony on Tuesday: "We don't license our songs for products."
He was cross-examined by attorney Dana Michelle Susman yesterday. He said that while the group did license songs for the watch company, it was because they were friends with the owner and the proceeds were going to charity. The video had three Beastie songs and showed videos of snowboarders talking and doing stunts.
Horovitz added: "We come from a community of snowboarders, skateboarders, extreme sports world, so we're enthusiasts of that. We're here because Monster Energy used our music without a license."
He then went back to the first row of the spectator section of the courtroom with his wife. His Los Angeles music manager John Silva then spoke about contracts.