The will of Adam Yauch, aka MCA of the Beastie Boys, prevents commercial interests capitalising on his creative output.
DNAInfo reports that the late rapper, filmmaker and activist stipulated in his will that his “image, music and any art he created” should not be used in any advertising in the future, saving us from a holographic Beastie Boy or ‘3-Minute Rule’-branded noodles or ‘[Financial] Year And A Day’ MYOB commercials.
The will was filed in Manhattan Surrogate Court, leaving $6.4 million to his wife Dechen Yauch and their daughter. His wife retains the right to sell and manage his artistic property.
There has been speculation about the relatively small inheritance passed on to his family, considering his long and successful career, but Yauch was renowned for his charity, and surely much was invested in his Tibetan independence charity Milarepa Fund, as well as his Oscilloscope Laboratories recording studio and film distribution company Oscilloscope Pictures.
Check out a clip from MCA Day below.