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The Doobie Brothers send brilliant cease and desist letter to Bill Murray

It has emerged that Bill Murray bizarrely has his own golf apparel brand called ‘William Murray Golf’ but this could land him in a spot of trouble as he has been using The Doobie Brothers’ classic ‘Listen to the Music’ to promote his newest product without the band’s permission.

The band have now sent Murray the most beautifully worded cease and desist letter that we’ve ever seen, one which may even make the great Bill Murray giggle uncontrollably. As Stereogum notes, the war began when Murray started running new ads promoting William Murray Golf’s latest shirt named ‘Zero Hucks Given’, a play on Huckleberry Finn, who is one of the comedian’s favourite literary characters. However, his team failed to contact The Doobie Brothers to seek permission the use of their song and now the Doobies want their fair fee.

Peter T. Paterno, is representing the Doobie’s and has penned a hilarious letter to Murray with the band’s permission that essentially meets the actor on his own level to hash out a deal. “It’s a fine song. I know you agree because you keep using it in ads for your Zero Hucks Given golf shirts,” wrote Paterno. “However, given that you haven’t paid to use it, maybe you should change the name to ‘Zero Bucks Given’.

“This is the part where I’m supposed to cite the United States Copyright Act, excoriate you for not complying with some subparagraph that I’m too lazy to look up and threaten you with eternal damnation for doing so,” the letter reads. “But you already earned that with those Garfield movies. And you already know that you can’t use music in ads without paying for it.”

The letter gets even better from there.

Read it in full below.

“Dear Mr. Murray:

“We’re writing on behalf of our clients, the Doobie Brothers. The Doobie Brothers perform and recorded the song Listen to the Music, which Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers wrote. It’s a fine song. I know you agree because you keep using it in ads for your Zero Hucks Given golf shirts. However, given that you haven’t paid to use it, maybe you should change the name to ‘Zero Bucks Given.’

“We understand that you’re running other ads using music from other of our clients. It seems like the only person who uses our clients’ music without permission more than you do is Donald Trump.

“This is the part where I’m supposed to cite the United States Copyright Act, excoriate you for not complying with some subparagraph that I’m too lazy to look up and threaten you with eternal damnation for doing so. But you already earned that with those Garfield movies. And you already know that you can’t use music in ads without paying for it.

“We’d almost be OK with it if the shirts weren’t so damn ugly. But it is what it is. So in the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, ‘Au revoir Golfer. Et payez!’

“Sincerely,
“Peter T. Paterno
“of King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano LLP”

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