Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch’s will prohibits use of his music for adverts

Yauch leaves his $6.4 million estate to his wife and daughter

The Beastie Boys‘ Adam Yauch prohibited the use of his music for advertising purposes after his death, according to his will.

Yauchs’ will was filed this week in Manhattan Surrogate court, Rolling Stone reports. It reads: “Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes”. The phrase “or any music or any artistic property created by me” was then added in handwriting.

Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch died on May 4 after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 47.

Earlier this year, producer Mario C, who worked on four of the Beastie Boys albums from the 1990s, said there is material left in the band’s vault that could be released in future following Yauch’s death.

Speaking to NME, he said: “There’s a handful of extra stuff from each record apart from ‘Paul’s Boutique’,” he says. “I actually went through it all recently and checked out a few things that weren’t used for ‘Hello Nasty’ and there’s definitely two or three tracks that didn’t get utilised that could be utilised.”

Beastie Boy Mike D had previously said that the trio recorded with Yauch shortly before he died, however Caldato said the band were in no hurry to release anything. “We’ll take it slowly,” Caldato said. “No-one’s thinking of doing anything right away. It’s too soon.”