Beastie Boys have filed a lawsuit against Monster Energy Drink, claiming that the company used their music in videos and downloads without permission.
According to Variety, the lawsuit filed last Tuesday claims that the band’s music was used in a number of online videos – the first of which was posted five days after the death of the band’s Adam Yauch – and also in an MP3 download featuring a 23 minute mix of the band’s music. The use of the band’s name in these promotions too, say the band, incorrectly implied that they had granted permission.
The timing of the lawsuit is interesting. As previously reported, it was also revealed last week that Yauch’s will prohibited the use of his music, name or likeness in any advertising following his death.