Yauch’s will was filed Tuesday, and he left his entire fortune in a $6.4 million trust for his wife and daughter. He has allowed his wife the right to sell and/or manage his art, but it can not be used for advertising.
It’s not clear whether Yauch’s will would be binding when it comes to the Beastie Boys — legal rights to that music may end up being in the hands of the group’s surviving members, Mike D and Ad-Rock. That said, the group has already been protective of their legacy and Yauch’s. On Tuesday, the surviving members, along with Yauch’s estate, sued Monster Energy Drink for using their likeness and music without permission in a promotional video.
The Beastie Boys, L-R: Mike Diamond, Adam Horowitz, and Adam Yauch
Thanks to Yauch’s prescience, his legacy will never be associated with terrible posthumous endorsements, such as…
“Pass The Mic-key D’s.”
“Thanks to Quicken, I’ve got the skills to pay the bills!”
“Because she’s the cheese and I’m the Kraft Macaroni”
“She’s crafty, she gets around / She’s crafty, she’s always down / She’s crafty, she’s got a gripe / She’s crafty, and she’s just my match.com date tonight.”
“Three MCs And One Apple iPod Touch”