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Adam 'MCA' Yauch's will forbids use of Beastie Boys' music in ads

August 10, 2012|By Gerrick D. Kennedy
  • Adam Yauch's will leaves his $6.4-million estate to his wife and their daughter.
Adam Yauch's will leaves his $6.4-million estate to his wife and their… (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images )

The Beastie Boys’ breakout debut, 1986's “Licensed to Ill,” is an undeniable classic.

Just don’t expect to see “Brass Monkey” -- or any other Beastie Boys track, for that matter -- licensed to sell a product.

Adam "MCA" Yauch, the group’s fallen member, has forbidden the use of his music and “artistic property” to be used in advertisements, according to Rolling Stone, which obtained a copy of his will. It was filed on Tuesday in Manhattan Surrogate court.

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"Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes," the will reads. The phrase "or any music or any artistic property created by me" was apparently added in handwriting.

Yauch’s will leaves his $6.4-million estate to his wife, Dechen, and their daughter, Tenzin Losel. As executor of his estate, Dechen will make future decisions for his contributions to the Beastie Boys brand.

MCA died in May after a three-year struggle with cancer, a month after the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Yauch was too ill to attend the ceremony. He was 47.


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