Adam 'MCA' Yauch's will bans use of his songs in ads
Beastie Boys hits like "Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" may never appear in television advertisements.
The will of Beastie Boys member Adam "MCA" Yauch, who died from cancer at age 47 in May, was filed in Manhattan court on Tuesday, August 7, and includes a clause which prevents the use of music created by Yauch in ads.
"In no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes," the will says, according to Rolling Stone. The clause in the will may not cover all Beastie Boys songs.
Yauch's will also named his widow, Dechen Wangdu Yauch, the executor of his estate, the music magazine reports. It also leaves $6.4 million to Dechen Wangdu Yauch and the couple's 13-year-old daughter, Tenzin Losel Yauch.
Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, the living members of the Beastie Boys, and Yauch's widow sued the makers of Monster energy drink on August 8, according to The Associated Press, over a promotional video which features what they claim is an unauthorized medley of their music.
The wire service also notes that Yauch rapped his feelings about the issue of his music in advertisements several times over the years.
"I might stick around or I might be a fad / But I won't sell my songs for no TV ad," he said in the 1998 song "Putting Shame In Your Game."
Yauch was a founding member of the hip-hop trio Beastie Boys, formed in the late 1970s. The group achieved commercial success with the 1987 rock anthem "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)." They later incorporated more electronic sounds, spurring the 1995 hit "Intergalactic."
The group earned three Grammy Awards and in 2011, released their eighth studio album, "Hot Sauce Committee Part Two." The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, 2012.
Yauch revealed in July 2009 that he had cancer in a salivary gland in his neck.