Spelled out in Adam “MCA” Yauch’s will is this clause: “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.” His wishes came to light again last week in a lawsuit the Beasties organization launched against Monster Energy Drink.
During testimony, Mike D said that they not only would they never allow Beasties music to be used contrary to MCA’s wishes, but that they won’t make any new music under the name Beastie Boys.
This should come as ZERO surprise since the Beasties were and always will be a three-man, all-for-one, one-for-all unit. And with a member missing, there’s no Beastie Boys. As it should be.
How serious are they about not licensing out their music? They turned down a big offer to have “Sabotage” used in an Arnold Schwarzenegger film of the same name. They felt this would be an implied endorsement of the movie–and they’re not crazy about Arnold’s Republican leanings.