The Beastie Boys have been awarded $1.7 million over the unauthorised use of their music in fizzy drink adverts.

“We’re happy,” said rapper Adam Horovitz, known as Ad-Rock, outside the Manhattan courtroom.

California-based Monster Energy Co. admitted using Beastie Boys tracks in a promotional video that was online for five weeks, but argued over the amount of money for which it was liable.

The jury awarded $120,000 for each of ten violations of copyright.

The Beastie Boys had sought upwards of $2 million from the company.

The court found Monster had committed wilful copyright infringement involving the songs Sabotage; So Watcha Want; Make Some Noise; Pass the Mic and Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun.

The jury also awarded an additional $500,000 after finding Monster had used the bands’ persona without permission, which had suggested a false endorsement of its products.