Beastie Boy's Will: Don't Put My Music in Ads
Adam Yauch doesn't want to sell out in death
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2012 2:10 PM CDT
In this 2006 file photo, Beastie Boys members Adam Yauch "MCA," right, Adam Horovitz "Adrock," center, and Mike Diamond "Mike D," reflected in a mirror, pose during an interview in Toronto.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Aaron Harris)

(Newser) – Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch, who died in May, wanted to make sure his music was never used to shill corporate products after his death—so he wrote just such a directive into his will. Yauch, also known as MCA, dictated that no music or art he created can be used in advertising, and neither can his image. The rapper's will was filed this week, and puts his entire $6.4 million fortune in a trust for his wife and their teen daughter, DNAinfo reports.

Yauch's wife can sell and manage his music and art, but it's not clear whether his bandmates will be able to sell music they wrote together for use in ads. Yauch co-wrote some of the group's most well-known songs, including "Fight for Your Right (to Party)."

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Aug 10, 2012 10:22 PM CDT
I could see a lot of companies wanting to use Fight for Your Right in commercials. I could do without Beastie Boys songs being used to sell Toyotas & dish detergent.
Aug 10, 2012 6:59 PM CDT
Their pretense (and that's ALL it is) of artistic integrity, coming from a 'band' whose 'sound' is nothing more than a contrived product in itself, is HILARIOUS! oh, DO tell us more about how you're "too real for ads"!!!! this is a fucking JOKE, right?
Aug 10, 2012 4:43 PM CDT in the words of Forrest Gump..." That's all i got to say about that".