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9 items from 2014


Beastie Boys Drop the Bomb in 'Paul's Boutique' Sampling Lawsuit

11 June 2014 1:04 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Beastie Boys might be finished producing new music, but the hip-hop group isn't done with copyright law. Amazingly, Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz and the late Adam Yauch appear poised to score their third big legal win this year. Just last week, the Beastie Boys crushed Monster Energy at a jury trial, winning $1.7 million over the company's use of five of its songs in a video featured at a snowboarding competition. That success followed a lawsuit against toy company GoldieBlox, which agreed to pay up to $1 million to settle claims of using the Beasties' "Girls" in an

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- Eriq Gardner

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Beastie Boys awarded $1.7 million in Monster Energy copyright case

6 June 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A New York jury has awarded the Beastie Boys $1.7 million in the rap trio’s copyright violation lawsuit against Monster Energy drink. At issue was a mix by DJ Z-Trip used by Monster Energy that included five Beastie Boys songs, including “Sabotage” and “Pass the Mic.”  DJ Z-Trip gave the drink manufacturer permission to use the mix for a recap of a snowboarding competition it sponsored, but Monster Energy did not have the Beastie Boys’ permission. From the start of the New York Federal Court trial, Monster Energy admitted it was at fault, so the trial was to determine damages. Monster Energy wanted to pay $125,000, the two remaining Beastie Boys, Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond, wanted $2 million— $1 million for the copyright infringement and $1 million for Monster Energy implying that the Beastie Boys’ endorsed the usage. Both Horovitz and Diamond testified at the trial. Among the facts »

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This Is What Happens When Beastie Boys Go to Court

28 May 2014 8:16 AM, PDT | newser.com | See recent newser news »

The Beastie Boys are suing Monster Beverage Corp. over using their music in a promotional video posted just days after the death of member Adam Yauch, who specified in his will that his music was never to be used in ads . The case went to trial in New York yesterday, and as Billboard tells it, there were some fairly amusing moments: The defense's counsel had to explain the word "dope," noting, "You'll learn during the course of this case that 'dope' ... is a positive affirmation." When Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz took the stand, he had to explain what a "single" is, »

- Evann Gastaldo

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Watch: Four Monks Breakdancing to Honor Beastie Boy Adam Yauch

6 May 2014 2:57 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On May 4th, 2012, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch passed away at the age of 47, following his three-year battle with cancer.  The singer was probably the most powerful celebrity to make the younger generation aware of the liberation struggle in Tibet. This week, a group of Tibetan monks gave back.  The four monks decided to honor Yauch's memory by breakdancing in Manhattan's Union Square to the tune of "Ch-Check It Out" off The Beastie Boys' 2004 album "To the 5 Boroughs."  Unfortunately it's casual-spectator quality, but it's still worth Checking Out (sorry).  »

- Taylor Lindsay

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Breakdancing Monks Pay Tribute to Late Beastie Boys Rapper Adam Yauch: Watch Now!

6 May 2014 1:59 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Adam Yauch is being remembered by his most devoted (and enlightened!) fans. In celebration of McA Day this week, the anniversary that honors the late Beastie Boys rapper, who died of cancer at age 47 back in May 2012, a group of breakdancing monks took to the streets of NYC recently to dance in Yauch's honor. Now before you ask why, Yauch was a practicing Tibetan Buddhist. In honor of his memory and passion for Tibet, the group of four Tibetan monks showed off their sickest moves in Union Square for fans to enjoy. Dressed in traditional red and yellow cloaks, the badass breakdancers spun on their heads, flipped, twirled and did much more while dancing to the Beastie Boys' hit "Ch-Check It »

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‘Buddhist Monks’ Breakdance to Honor Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch (Video)

6 May 2014 12:14 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This is most likely the best video you'll see all day: four men dressed as Tibetan monks expertly bust a move right in the middle of New York's Union Square. The electrifying show was in honor of late Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, also known as McA. After he died from cancer in May 2012 at the age of 47, fans created an annual McA Day as a way to remember the fallen rapper. Why monks? Yauch, a Buddhist, was one of the leading activists in the Tibetan independence movement and organized the Tibetan Freedom Concerts to raise awareness. Watch video: Watch Alex. »

- Matthew Bramlett

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From Michael Bay to Eminem, here are creators who've (sort of) apologized for their work

22 April 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

When you create something for public consumption, you’re putting yourself in a very fragile position. For example, creating a popular television show means handing your beloved characters over to the world for weekly scrutinizing. Then again, it also means handing them over for weekly adoration. But no matter how beloved a show, movie, album, or book might be, no creator is perfect. And by default, no creator’s work is perfect.

That being said, there are few times in the world of pop culture where a creator has come forth and apologized for a large piece of work. Do »

- Samantha Highfill

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Oscars 2014: Just Keep Livin', If You Call This Livin'

3 March 2014 11:15 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The big winners at last night's 16-hour Oscar ceremony: Dreams. Inspiration. Heroes. So live the impossible, because that’s what Jared Leto's mom would want. Just keep livin', because no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid and your magic is real. Hey, movie stars, we get it — nobody’s against dreams, right? We are all, as Fred Durst would put it, in agreeance here? But like Matthew McConaughey says, "We all need somebody to look up to, somebody to look down on, somebody to chase, somebody to love, »

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Introducing the 12 O'Clock Boys, Baltimore's Inner-City Street Bikers

27 January 2014 1:20 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

As an art student in Baltimore, Lotfy Nathan would sometimes hear the sounds of roaming dirt-bike gangs. "They would invade every part of the city," he says. "They seemed kind of mythical, mysterious." So for a 2007 class on documentary filmmaking, he decided to track down the cyclists, and found that many were eager for their high-octane hjinks to be caught on-camera. But the project only turned serious after he met Pug, a pre-teen hustler who wanted nothing more than to join in on the action. "They call them the 12 o'clock »

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