Bill Murray‘s William Murray Golf has responded to the Doobie Brothers’ cease-and-desist letter with an equally humorous message, similarly posted publicly on Twitter. Alexander Yoffe, who wrote on behalf of the brand, used the opportunity to compliment Doobie Brothers’ lawyer Peter Paterno on his “levity with the law,” make several Doobie Brothers’ puns, and extend an olive branch towards them and their legal team.

“Both our firm, and the good folks at William Murray Golf, are indeed fans of the Doobie Brothers’ music,” Yoffe started his letter. “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.”

He went on to try to assuage some of the band’s legal concerns, but in the letter did not agree to stop using the song or pay for its rights.

“I am sure that Howard King of your firm, who argued that the song ‘Blurred Lines’… did not infringe on Marvin Gaye‘s composition ‘Got to Give It Up,’ would agree that your client was not harmed in these circumstances,” he wrote.

Then, in an effort to win the Doobie Brothers and their lawyers over, he offered them free William Murray Golf merchandise, asserting that the brand offered “some of the most clever and creative lifestyle wear available.”

Some fans of Murray, after reading the exchange, appreciated the civility and humor in the dispute, giving the company the benefit of the doubt despite Yoffe’s lack of acknowledgement of the licensing fee itself.

Nonetheless, the majority of the Twitter response seemed to be people frustrated with the brand’s seeming resistance to pay the licensing fee upfront, regardless of whether they enjoyed the letter’s comedic content.

The Doobie Brothers and Paterno have not yet responded to the letter, and neither party has clarified whether or not the band received due compensation.

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