A lawyer for The Doobie Brothers sent Bill Murry one of the funniest cease and desist letters ever. Bill Murray’s lawyer responds in kind.
Bill Murray has developed his own line of golf shirts, No Hucks Given. The commercial for the shirts uses The Doobie Brothers “Listen To The Music”. The Doobie Brothers' lawyer sent Bill Murray a cease and desist letter that reads in part: “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.’"..."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."
Bill Murray’s lawyer responded with a letter that reads in part, “We would also like to confirm that both our firm, and the good folks at William Murray Golf, are indeed fans of the Doobie Brothers' music, which is why we appreciate your firm’s choice of ‘Takin’ It to the Streets,' rather than to the courts, which are already overburdened ‘Minute by Minute’ with real problems.”...and that The Doobie Brothers were “not harmed under these circumstances”...closing with an offer for the band to pick the shirts they find “least offensive” in Bill Murray’s collection and “We will happily upgrade your wardrobes and hopefully win each of you over as new fans of the brand. At least that’s ‘what this fool believes’”.
Hilarious and brilliant by both lawyers!
-- Doug O’Brien