Late rapper’s estate states never to license his music, art or face for commercial purposes.
Details of Yauch’s will emerged on Tuesday, when his estate filed documents in Manhattan surrogate court. The rapper and film-maker, who died in May, reportedly instructed his estate to keep his work – and even his face – out of any future advertisements.
Yauch’s will also states that his fortune, listed at $6.4m (£4.1m), be placed in trust for his wife and
daughter. Yauch’s wife, the Tibetan rights activist Dechen Yauch, will manage his artistic property (and has a right to sell it).
While Yauch’s instructions are clear with regard to his own image and music, it’s not clear how these wishes affect the Beastie Boys’ legal right to license the group’s songs for advertisements. Earlier this week, the band’s surviving members opened a lawsuit against Monster energy drink, accusing them their music without permission.
Yauch, often referred to as MCA, died from cancer. He was 47.
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