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Adam Yauch’s Will Prohibits Commercial Use of Beastie Boys Songs

Adam Yauch's Will Prohibits Commercial Use of Beastie Boys Songs


Yet another reason to love the late Adam Yauch: According to DNAInfo, MCA put a clause into his will ensuring that no Beastie Boys song will ever be used in an advertisement. The clause states that Yauch’s “image, music and any art he created [can] not be used for advertising.”

The move serves as a final defiant statement to The Man from the late Beastie Boys ring leader, as corporations would surely have loved to have the opportunity to use the group’s songs in a promotional capacity.

The will was officially filed in a Manhattan Surrogate Court on Tuesday. His $6.4 million estate will go to his wife and 13-year-old daughter. His wife, Dechen Yauch, has been granted permission to manage and/or sell all of Yauch’s artistic property.

Yauch died on May 4 at the age of 47 after a lengthy bout with salivary cancer.