October 28, 2020

Bill Murray Faces Legal Threat From Doobie Brothers

The lawyer also said William Murray had used songs owned by other clients without permission. “It seems like the only person who uses our clients’ music without permission more than you do is Donald Trump,” Mr. Paterno wrote.

Like other William Murray offerings, the Zero Hucks Given shirt, named after Huckleberry Finn, revives the look of the loud golf clothing of the 1970s. Other items from the Murray brothers include Cracking Up Button Downs, Chicas ’N’ Floritas Water Hazard Shorts and the Nine Iron Dad Hat.

William Murray Golf did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mr. Paterno is a music industry veteran. His online biography for his Los Angeles firm, King, Holmes, Paterno Soriano, notes that after he left a job writing software for NASA, he became the first president of Hollywood Records and signed the rock band Queen for $10 million.

In 2010, he took on the Tea Party politician Joe Walsh while representing the Eagles guitarist and solo performer Joe Walsh. Mr. Walsh the politician did not have permission to use a version of “Walk Away,” a song from Mr. Walsh the musician, during his ultimately successful campaign for a House seat, Mr. Paterno wrote in an arch letter.

In his letter to Mr. Murray, Mr. Paterno was no less sarcastic: “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.”

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/24/business/media/bill-murray-doobie-brothers.html

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