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Road to Nowhere: Rock Legend Sues Florida Governor For Using Song in Ad Without Permission

May 26, 2010  •  Post A Comment

A rock music legend is suing Florida Governor Charlie Crist for the unauthorized use of a song in an ad, Billboard reports.

David Byrne, co-founder of the Talking Heads, is seeking $1 million in damages, the article says, noting that the suit was filed on Monday, May 24, 2010 in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa.

According to the story, "Byrne tells Billboard.com that he became aware of the Crist ad from a friend in New York, where the Talking Heads co-founder resides. ‘I was pretty upset by that,’ says Byrne, who had Warner Bros. Records contact the Crist campaign, which subsequently stopped using the ad. But, Byrne contends, ‘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.’ "

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