NEW YORK (AP) — A Beastie Boys rapper has told a New York jury that the legendary hip-hop group would never license songs to endorse products.
Adam "Ad-Rock" Horowitz testified in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday. He was called as the first witness in support of a lawsuit the group filed against the Monster Energy Co., a beverage maker. The lawsuit claims copyright infringement and unfair competition and seeks more than $2 million in damages.
S. Reid Kahn — the Corona, California-based company's lawyer — told the jury that Monster Energy "technically did violate the copyright." But he said the company should only owe the band between $93,000 and $125,000 for five weeks when the video was online. He says there were fewer than 14,000 views of the video.
Horowitz resumes testimony Wednesday.