As it pertains to deceased artists, there’s always a concern by their fans the music they recorded will be used for reasons not exactly admirable. Long-time fans of Adam Yauch and the Beastie Boys can rest easy with news stating his will prohibits any commercial use of the Boys’ music.
The exact wording of the clause states, “image, music and any art he created [can] not be used for advertising.” On principal, it’s a respectable addition to the late legend’s will given the fact company’s cannot use music he helped create to help increase their own profit. There is still the question if whether or not the other members can still sell songs for other reasons not used for commercial purposes in the future.
Yauch passed away earlier this year at the age of 47 from a battle with salivary cancer. His $6.4M estate was award to his wife, Dechen, and 13-year-old daughter. Speaking of his wife, and it may be something to keep an eye on moving forward, it is Dechen who has permission to manage and/or sell Yauch’s “artistic property.”