Back in June, the Beastie Boys won a copyright lawsuit against Monster Energy Drink after the company used the band’s music and likeness in promos for a sponsored snowboard competition without their permission. The surviving Beastie Boys were awarded $1.7 million, but they are now asking for an additional $2.4 million to cover the legal fees for the case so they do not end up at a loss for filing the lawsuit in the first place. According the Associated Press, the band is arguing that Monster dragged the litigation out for two years and did not engage in good-faith negotiations. “Monster’s tactics significantly increased the costs for Beastie Boys to vindicate their intellectual property rights, such that, absent an award of attorney’s fees and costs, plaintiff’s success at trial would become a Pyrrhic victory,” the band’s lawyers wrote in their filing. Last year, the band won legal battles with Goldieblox and Tuf America.
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