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Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, one of the founding members of the pioneering group Beastie Boys, died earlier this year in May. However, he made sure to state that his works won’t be used for advertisement purposes in his will.
Yauch’s will consist of 10 pages and was drafted in the New York Surrogate Court August 6.
According to Forbes, Adam’s estate is worth an estimated $6.4 million dollars and his wife, Dechen Yauch, is the executor.
Even though Yauch’s will states that he won’t allow the use of his work in commercials, there was no say if that statement applies to the surviving members, Michael ‘Mike D’ Diamond and Adam ‘Ad-Rock’ Horovitz.
On August 8, the surviving Beastie Boys, as well as Yauch’s widow, sued Monster energy drinks for using their material in a promotional video that lasted 23 minutes.
Yauch’s will states, “In no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes,” according to Music Mix.
The Beastie Boys were so adamant about not allowing ads to use their material that they even stated it in their 1998 song, “Putting Shame in Your Game”.
Adam’s lyrics say, “I might stick around or I might be a fad/But I won’t sell my songs for no TV ad.”