Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch put it in his will that he did not want their music to be used in any type of advertisements. The rapper’s will revealed that Adam AKA “MCA” actually forbid his music or image from being used in ads.
MCA passed away on May 4, 2012 after battling cancer for four years. His will was filed at the Manhattan Surrogate Court in New York and it states, “In no event may his image or name or any music or any artistic property created by him be used for advertising purposes.”
Adam left his $6.4 million estate to his wife, Dechen Yauch and their 13-year-old daughter Tenzin Losel. As an executor of the estate, his will grants his wife the right to sell and manage his artistic property. “Rolling Stone” revealed that the part of his will which states “any music or any artistic property” was actually handwritten.
Last week, the remaining members of the band, Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond launched a lawsuit at Monster for copyright infringement.