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

Carla Harmon
September 27, 2020

Bill Murray's company, William Murray Golf, has been using the Doobie Brothers song "Listen to the Music" in ads without compensating the band, and the result has been a back and forth of dad jokes between both sides' legal counsel.

Generally, legal threats of this nature would be strongly worded, intimidating documents; but in classic '70s slacker style, this particular legal threat takes a much more comedic tone.

The letter in its entirety has been uploaded on Twitter by reporter Eriq Gardner. I understand you agree since you continue using it in advertisements on the Zero Hucks Given golfing tops. We can confirm it is not the most stylish golf shirt going around (what's with the fern leaves?).

Referencing Murray's 1980 film Caddyshack, the letter closes, "So in the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au revoir Golfer".

Paterno is well known in the industry and is even familiar with Murray on the golf course. In Peter T. Paterno's original letter, he joked that the brothers should start calling the company, "Zero Bucks Given". "It seems like the only person who uses our clients' music without permission more than you do is Donald Trump", he wrote.

After taking a jab at the Doobie Brothers' lawyers for defending Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I. in the copyright case over Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up", Murray's representation then took issue with the negative comments regarding the clothing line's fashionableness. In addition to using the Doobie Brothers' song without permission, Paterno warned Murray about using music from the firm's other clients. But, he does tell Murray that he has already earned "eternal damnation" for Garfield and Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties.

He has since had a letter from the band's lawyer, Peter T. Paterno, who wrote: 'We'd nearly be OK with it if the shirts weren't so damn ugly'. Its shirt designs include pink flowers, shot glasses, frothy beer mugs and a shirt called Zero Hucks Given that pays tribute to literary hero Huckleberry Finn on a raft.

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