Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch forbids commercial use of his music

0 Posted by - August 10, 2012 - Advertising, Blog, Sound
Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys.

Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys (photo by Michael Morel).

Late hip hop pioneer Adam “MCA” Yauch has explicitly prohibited any posthumous use of his music for corporate advertising.

In a copy of his will obtained by Rolling Stone this week, the Beastie Boys rapper states: “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.”

In a related development, the Beastie Boys are suing Monster Beverage Corp. for copyright infringement, claiming the energy drink pusher used their music and name without permission in their marketing campaigns.

(Below: the lawsuit document that was filed in a federal court in Manhattan.)

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