Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Steely Dan accuse Owen Wilson of knock-off in Dupree?

According to SFGate, in a letter posted on their Web site and addressed to Owen Wilson's brother Luke, Steely Dan band members Donald Fagen and Walter Becker label Owen Wilson's supposed rip-off of their 2001 Grammy-winning track as "uncool."

In the movie "You, Me, and Dupree," Owen Wilson plays slacker Dupree, who becomes an unwelcome guest of his pal Matt Dillon and his wife Kate Hudson -- and Fagen and Becker draw parallels with their Randolph Dupree character, a traveling musician who "comes back home to plan (his) next move from the comfort of (his) Aunt Faye's couch."

One comment to the story: This is hilarious...this is almost as good as the fundie anti-choice guy who mistook an article in the Onion (
for an actual editorial.

The San Jose Mercury News noted:

Larry Solters, a spokesman for the band's management company, declined to comment on any details beyond the letter, including whether Wilson showed up to the show or if legal action would be taken.

Hmmm, a copyright action based on the name/plot in a song? Songs have been expanded into movies (e.g., "Ode to Billy Joe" starring Robby Benson).


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