Report: Universal Music Group Slaps Monster With Beastie Boys Lawsuit

Beastie Boys
Ricky Powell

Beastie Boys Ad-Rock, MCA and Mike D in San Diego during the Lollapalooza tour in the summer of 1994.

Reuters is reporting that a pair of Universal Music Group units are suing Monster Beverage Corp. for sampling several songs co-owned by rap-rock icons the Beastie Boys, who won a similar lawsuit against the drink maker earlier this year.

Capital Records and Universal-Polygram International Publishing filed the $1.2 million lawsuit in a New York City federal court on Wednesday.

The lawsuit seeks damages from Monster for using five Beastie songs without permission in a 2012 online video recapping its "Ruckus in the Rockies" competition. 

The four-minute-long video incorporated five Beasties songs -- "Sabotage," "Pass the Mic," "Make Some Noise," "So What'cha Want" and "Looking Down the Barrel Of a Gun" -- put together in a megamix by DJ Z-Trip.

The video, which was uploaded to YouTube, concluded with "RIP MCA," referring to the May 2012 death of Beastie Boys member Adam "MCA" Yauch.

In June, a federal jury awarded the band $1.7 million in their suit against Monster for copyright infringement and false endorsement regarding the video. Monster is seeking a new trial in that case. The trial brought both living members of the group, Adam "Ad Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond, to the stand. 

A spokesperson for Universal Music declined Billboard's request for comment because the case is ongoing.