DNAinfo has reported that Yauch's will contains a clause prohibiting his “image, music and any art he created” being used for advertising — ever. MCA will be punk forever.
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Yauch's will was filed Tuesday, and he left his entire fortune in a $6.4 million trust for his wife and daughter. He has allowed his wife the right to sell and/or manage his art, but it can not be used for advertising.
It's not clear whether Yauch's will would be binding when it comes to the Beastie Boys -- legal rights to that music may end up being in the hands of the group's surviving members, Mike D and Ad-Rock. That said, the group has already been protective of their legacy and Yauch's. On Tuesday, the surviving members, along with Yauch's estate, sued Monster Energy Drink for using their likeness and music without permission in a promotional video.
The Beastie Boys, L-R: Mike Diamond, Adam Horowitz, and Adam Yauch
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