Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz, Mike D, Beastie Boys

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UPDATE: Monster Energy has released the following statement to E! News: "Although Monster Energy has great respect for the verdict of the jury, we strongly disagree with it.  We will make an application to the Court to set aside the verdict and we intend to file an appeal.   From the inception, Monster Energy has been willing to resolve this matter in a fair and equitable manner and we will continue to make additional efforts to reach a just resolution of this dispute. "


You could say this is another Monster hit for the Beastie Boys.

The group, which in addition to Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz still includes the estate of Adam "MCA" Yauch, have won a $1.7 million verdict in their copyright lawsuit against Monster Beverage over the company's use of the group's music in a 2012 promotional video, according to Reuters.

"We're happy," Horovitz said after the hearing. "We just want to thank the jury."

The Beastie Boys had originally sought up to $2.5 million for copyright infringement and false endorsement. However, Monster countered that it owed no more than $125,000, calling the case "illogical" and saying an employee had mistakenly believed the company had permission to use the music.

The tunes in question include "Sabotage," "So Whatcha Want" and "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun."

According to the complaint filed in 2012, the promotional video for Monster's Ruckus in the Rockies event is "comprised substantially of excerpts from the Beastie Boys Sound Recordings and the Beastie Boys Musical Compositions totaling more than three minutes in duration."

Moreover, the suit stated, "The text accompanying Monster's internet postings, video and MP3 conveyed to consumers the impression that Beastie Boys permitted the use of their name and intellectual property, and participated in connection with Monster's promotion of its products and events."

Reid Kahn, a lawyer for Monster, allegedly said the company would appeal.

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