Controversial US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene doesn’t seem to understand copyright law. Which is why Dr. Dre is enlightening her with a lawsuit. Greene used the song “Still D.R.E.” in a video she posted of herself walking to the House floor, without permission from Dre. A cease and desist order has been issued.
Howard King, Dre’s attorney, was no less than scathing in the C&D issued. “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,” the suit said.
The barbs continued further in the letter. Stating “…an actual lawmaker should be making laws not breaking laws, especially those embodied in the constitution by the founding fathers.” Needless to say, it’s a fiery retort to using Dre’s music without permission. The C&D order also contains an ultimatum. She’s never to use Dre’s music “to promote divisive and hateful political agenda” again. Greene has until 5:00pm (EST) on January 11th to agree.
Alongside the letter sent to Greene, King demanded Twitter remove the post.The social media platform went a step further, blocking the video and disabling her account for 12 hours.
Were Greene anyone else, she could have graciously rescinded the post, apologized to Dr. Dre, and moved on. “While I appreciate the creative chord progression, I would never play your words of violence against women and police officers, and your glorification of the thug life and drugs,” Greene told TMZ.
But if the lyrics were about banning abortion and teaching children to use guns, it would’ve been okay, right?