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Late Beastie Boys founder Adam Yauch's will stipulates that none of his music or "artistic property" can be used for advertising purposes after his death, according to Rolling Stone. The will, which was filed last Tuesday (August 7th) in Manhattan Surrogate Court, stated, "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," with the phrase "or any music or any artistic property created by me" added in handwriting.
The news about the will came as the surviving Beastie Boys and Yauch's estate sued Monster Energy for the unauthorized use of their music in a new promotional campaign.
According to Loudwire, the energy drink manufacturer used several Beastie Boys songs, including "So What'cha Want," "Sabotage" and "Looking Down the Barrel Of a Gun," for a video promoting its 2012 Ruckus In The Rockies event.
The suit alleges copyright infringement and intellectual property violations, stating that the the video "conveyed to consumers the impression that Beastie Boys permitted the use of their name and intellectual property, and participated in connection with Monster's promotion of its products and events."
Yauch died on May 4th at the age of 47 after a three-year battle with cancer. The rest of his $6.4 million estate was left to his wife Dechen and daughter Tenzin Losel, with Dechen named the executor.