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Adam Yauch’s Will To Prevent Beastie Boys Material From Commercial Use

Written by Mike Hohnen on August 10, 2012

Details of the recently departed rap star Adam MCA Yauch will have recently surfaced, and it appears that even in the grave, Yauch is as punk rock as ever. MCA, who completed the Beastie Boys trio, has used the legally binding document to prevent all and any Beastie Boys tune from commercial syntonization.

The move will stop anything in the existing Beastie Boys back catalogue from winding up on some car commercial, or just any use of his music and “artistic property” for advertising purposes, according to Rolling Stone. While the other members do have the right to overturn the decision, it’s believed their love and respect for the fallen comrade will see them agree to the terms.

The will, which Rolling Stone got their hands on, features a clause that goes along the lines of, “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,” with further details added in handwriting after, explaining the decision also covers “any music or any artistic property created by me”.

Also explained in the will was the division of Yauch’s trust fund. The $6.4 million will be given to his wife Dechen and their daughter, Tenzin Losel. Yauch died in May of cancer; he was 47.

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