NY jury awards Beastie Boys $1.7 million

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Updated: 6/05 7:43 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City jury has awarded the Beastie Boys $1.7 million in a copyright violation case.

The decision came Thursday at a civil trial in federal court in Manhattan.

Monster Energy Co. had admitted wrongly using songs in a video that was online for five weeks. But the beverage maker insisted it should owe no more than $125,000. The Beastie Boys had sought $2 million.

The trial featured the testimony of rapper Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz. He told jurors the legendary hip-hop group would never license songs to endorse commercial products.

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