So how is this going to work then?

. The Beastie Boys\’ Adam Yauch died of cancer in May, having played his part in the creation of 25 years of music that any ad exec would pay millions to get hold of. We now know that his will contained one very interesting 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.\”

So when \”The Beastie Boys, Greatest Hits\” comes out they\’ll not be allowed to play any of the music in the ads for it then?

5 thoughts on “So how is this going to work then?”

  1. I doubt that’s legally binding. It’s your beneficiaries property and there’s quite a few examples of people doing things with intellectual properties that the original creator refused to do.

  2. Only tangentially related, but for a while now I’ve been waiting to see someone leave their musical works to the public domain when they die. Haven’t the Beastie Boys made enough money they’d rather have their music played more than see their heirs get a few more quid?

  3. Is there a Futurama exemption clause?

    His head (likeness) in a jar is an ongoing, if occasional character in the Matt Groenig series.

  4. Dave:

    The entire idea of advertising is to increase the consumption of the particular thing being advertised. So, if the artist(s) concerned were anxious for the widest possible distribution of their work.

    Ben Franklin refused to patent his inventions so they’d provide the greatest possible benefit to society. Laudable, perhaps. But there’s more than a single way to view the situation regard-ing inventions or new ideas. On one hand (and in many actual cases, I’d suppose), the existence of an “owner” of the idea seems to suggest that, were it not for such ownership, people (in general) might derive the benefit of the idea much more cheaply–and that’s certainly a distinct possibility. But there is another view:
    that without prospect of being able to benefit substantially from creation of a successful new idea, those who would otherwise have created such new ideas will have spent far less of their lives in such pursuit, to the detriment of us all; and secondly: without the prospect for profit based on the exclusivity of a particular good, new idea, investors (especially firms making similar products) wouldn’t have incentive to invest in a new items’s production, particularly if it threatened their own existing profit structure).

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