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(Not) licensed to shill: MCA's will forbids use of Beastie Boys music in ads

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Filmmaker and recording artist Adam Yauch speaks onstage at the Apple Soho store on May 2, 2008 in New York City.

Potential consumers the world over can look forward to absolutely never hearing the phrase "Fight for your right to (Ed Hardy)" — former Beastie Boys' member Adam Yauch has forbidden advertisers from licensing the group's music to sell their products.

Yauch died in May after a three year battle with cancer, just one month after the Beastie Boys were added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"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.

The phrase "or any music or any artistic property created by me" was added in handwriting, according to the Rolling Stone (who acquired a copy of Yauch's will)

 

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