Adam Yauch’s will prohibits the use of his “artistic property” in ads (but not in ad-clogged internet news stories, unfortunately)

Adam Yauch's will prohibits the use of his "artistic property" in ads (but not in ad-clogged internet news stories, unfortunately)

It’s been a few months since his passing, but I’m sure I speak for all fans when I say that it still smarts to think of the world without Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch walking around in it being awesome. But happily, a man as awesome as Yauch was bound to have built up so much residual awesomeness that some of that awesomeness is probably still rolling around out there, being residually awesome, even after his death. Yup, here’s some: according to a recent Rolling Stone report, Yauch’s will (which was filed this past week in Manhattan Surrogate Court) explicitly prohibits the use of his name, music, image, and general “artistic property” in connection with any and all advertisements. “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 will reads. And, as Rolling Stone noted, that last phrase (“or any music or any artistic property created by me”) was added later… in handwriting… probably after he got a look at Guitar Hero 5.

I guess this means that the New York City tourism board won’t be getting their hands on “No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn” anytime soon, and we won’t be seeing any creepy-as-fuck un-dead reanimations of the man selling popcorn, thank god. In addition to being smart and savvy enough to preemptively fight for his right not to party, Yauch’s will also names his wife Dechen as the executor of his estate and leaves his $6.4 million to Dechen and their daughter, Tenzin Losel. Take notes, folks; if we’ve all got to go some day, hopefully we can at least be as graceful and cool as Yauch was and use some of our last moments to tell all the corporate shills of the world to go fuck themselves.

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