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Adam Yauch's will prevents use of Beastie Boys songs in adverts

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A clause in Adam Yauch's will prevents any Beastie Boys music being used in advertising.

The rapper, filmmaker and founding member of the Beastie Boys, also known by his alter ego MCA, died at the age of 47 on May 4, after a long battle against salivary cancer.

Adam Yauch on 'Last Call With Carson Daly' in Los Angeles, 2006

© Rex Features / Startraks Photo

The Beastie Boys performing at the Live Earth concert, Wembley Stadium, London in 2007

© Rex Features / Brian Rasic



DNA Info revealed that Yauch has instructed in his will that his image, music and art is strictly forbidden to be used in advertising, as has often been the case for other deceased musicians, such as John Lennon and Nick Drake.

Yauch entrusted his estate and the right to manage and sell his artistic property to his wife, Dechen Yauch.

Star Pulse also reports that remaining Beastie Boys Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond have sued the heads of energy drink Monster for copyright infringement.

The band allege that the company has been using their tracks in a promotional audio file and video without their permission, and have filed suit in a Manhattan federal court.

Watch the video for The Beastie Boys' 'Sure Shot' below:



Photo gallery - Adam Yauch's life in pictures (1964-2012):

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