David Byne Sues Fla Gov Charlie Crist For 1M Over Song Use

May 26th, 2010 - 12:58 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

May 25 (THAINDIAN NEWS) ‘Talking Heads’ musician, David Byrne has filed a lawsuit against the governor of Florida for his use of the band’s song “Road To Nowhere”, without permission in his campaign ads. The 1985 hit single was used by Crist in his online campaign for the senate. The singer is asking for a million dollars in damages from the suit. He told ‘Billboard Magazine’ that the suit is not about politics, but about copyright.

A friend of Byrne’s who resides in New York, which is where the co founder of ‘The Talking Heads’ lives, saw the ad and informed Byrnes of it. “I was pretty upset by that,” says Byrne, so he had Warner Bros Records make contact with the Crist campaign, and ask them to stop running the ads, which they did. However, this was apparently not enough for the singer, who filed the lawsuit (Case Number 8:10-CV1187-T26 (MAP)) in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa on Monday afternoon. Byrne insisted, “in my opinion the damage had already been done by it being out there. People that I knew had seen (the ad), so it had gotten around. The suit, he adds, “is not about politics…It’s about copyright and about the fact that it does imply that I would have licensed it and endorsed him and whatever he stands for.”

The ad was allegedly a sneer at Crist’s opponent, Marco Rubio. Ironically, Steve Miller, from ‘The Steve Miller Band’ had recently demanded that Rubio stop using his song, ‘Take The Money and Run’ as a smear in his campaign against Crist. Crist has recently changed his campaign to run independently.

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