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In documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the group’s lawyer Peter Paterno scolded Murray mischievously, writing, “We’d almost agree if the shirts weren’t so ugly.”
“Dear Mr. Murray,” the letter begins. “We are writing on behalf of our clients, the Doobie Brothers. The Doobie Brothers performed and recorded the song “Listen To The Music”, written by Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers. It’s a beautiful song. I know you agree because you keep using it in advertisements for your “Zero Hucks Given” golf shirts. However, since you haven’t paid to use it, you may need to change the company name to “Zero Bucks Given”. ”
They added, “It seems the only person who uses our customers’ music without permission more than you is Donald Trump.”
Read the full letter below:
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Murray’s attorney, Alexander Yoffe, responded on Friday, starting the letter with humor: “First of all, I would like to congratulate you on finding lightness in the law at a time when the world and this country certainly could. to laugh. Your client’s request may have reduced the noise of the news cycle and reminded us how much we miss live music these days.
Continuing: “We also want to confirm that our company, and the good folks at William Murray Golf, are indeed fans of Doobie Brothers music, which is why we appreciate your company’s choice of ‘Takin’ It to. the Streets ”. , rather than the courts, which are already overloaded “minute by minute” with real problems.
But, he objected to comments on “ugly” golf shirts, writing: “Your negative comments about their fashionable side are particularly baffling to all of us, especially considering that 75% of my guard -dress consists of polo shirts, shorts and pants William Murray. My color is biased, but the consensus on this side of the table is that Bill and the Brothers have some of the smartest and most creative lifestyle clothes available.
Adding: “In the immortal words of Mr. Murray – the more relaxed you are, the better you are in everything… so let’s go one up and relax listening to the recently released ‘Quadio’ box set and plan to cross paths during a Doobie Brothers 50th anniversary show in 2021, when a certain level of normalcy resumes.
“As your client so aptly stated in that classic song in question, ‘What people need is a way to make them smile’ – which Bill and the Doobies have been doing for decades, in as world-class artists. ”
Yoffe signed off asking for all of their shirt sizes so he could ‘happily improve’ their wardrobe: “Please provide us with the shirt size for yourself, Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, Michael McDonald and John McFee, with which of our customer shirts you find the least offensive, and we will be happy to enhance your wardrobe and hope to win each of you as new fans of the brand.
“At least that’s what that fool believes.”
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Bill Murray’s lawyer responds to the Doobie Brothers! Play this song while you read it: https://t.co/AdzUjaYGwo pic.twitter.com/8oeqgf6uIi
– Ross Guberman (@legalwritingpro) September 26, 2020