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In a complaint filed this week in Manhattan federal court, the Beastie Boys accused California-based Monster Beverage of using their music without permission in several promotional videos for Monster Energy Drink.
The iconic rap group alleges that its distinctive music was used in a video promoting Monster Energy Drink's "Ruckus in the Rockies 2012" and that the video text even uses the group's name as well as the name of the late Adam "MCA" Yauch.
Yauch’s recently filed will may play a role in explaining why the band’s surviving members filed the lawsuit.
Leaving his $6.4 million estate to his wife and daughter, Yauch explicitly forbid the commercial license of his music, writing that “in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes.”