Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock testifies: ‘We like sports’

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Beastie Boys rapper Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz leaves federal court in Manhattan with his wife Kathleen Hanna after testifying at a copyright trial stemming from a lawsuit his musical group brought against a beverage maker over the use of five of their songs in a video, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in New York.  (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister)

Beastie Boys rapper Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz leaves federal court in Manhattan with his wife Kathleen Hanna after testifying at a copyright trial stemming from a lawsuit his musical group brought against a beverage maker over the use of five of their songs in a video, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister)

NEW YORK (AP) — Beastie Boys rapper Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz had an easy answer for a New York lawyer asking why the hip-hop group refuses to endorse products but licensed its music for a watch company’s snowboarding video.

Horovitz told a lawyer for beverage-maker Monster Energy Co. that, “We like sports.” He said snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing are all hits with the band he started with two others in the 1980s when he was a teenager.

The testimony came Wednesday at a trial stemming from a lawsuit the band brought against the Corona, California-based Monster.

The company admits it violated the Beastie Boys’ copyrights by including its songs in a video that was online for five weeks. But it insists it should owe no more than $125,000. The band wants over $2 million.

Beastie Boys rapper Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz leaves federal court in Manhattan after testifying at a copyright trial stemming from a lawsuit the group brought against a beverage maker over the use of five of its songs in a video, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in New York.  (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister)

Beastie Boys rapper Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz leaves federal court in Manhattan after testifying at a copyright trial stemming from a lawsuit the group brought against a beverage maker over the use of five of its songs in a video, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister)

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