Dr. Dre recently threatened legal action against Georgia Repulican representative Marjorie Taylor Greene over her use of “Still D.R.E.” in a video she posted to her Twitter.
The video, which has since been taken down, shows the far right Republican representative strutting through the congressional halls while the “Still D.R.E.” instrumental plays. Dr. Dre, however, was not amused… at all.
Dre’s lawyer, Howard E. King, sent the representative a cease and desist letter on Monday, January 9th, telling her to remove the video from all of her platforms in the next 2 days. According to TMZ, King said that Dre does not license his music to politicians, “especially someone as divisive and hateful as this one.”
King’s letter admonishes Greene for “wrongfully exploiting [“Still D.R.E.”] through the various social media outlets to promote [her] divisive and hateful political agenda.”
He added that “One might expect that, as a member of Congress, you would have a passing familiarity with the laws of our country. It’s possible, though, that laws governing intellectual property are a little too arcane and insufficiently populist for you to really have spent much time on. We’re writing because we think an actual lawmaker should be making laws not breaking laws, especially those embodied in the constitution by the founding fathers.”
He then gave her a lesson in copyright law, saying: “The United States Copyright Act says a lot of things, but one of the things it says is that you can’t use someone else’s song for your political campaign promotions unless you get permission from the owner of the copyright in the song, a step you failed to take.”
Dre’s people reportedly reached out to Twitter and got the video taken down.
After the news broke of the cease and desist, Greene shared on her Twitter an article from TMZ about the letter, with the caption “The Next Episode.”
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