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David Byrne Suing Florida Governor

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And we don't blame him!

Talking Heads songwriter David Byrne filed a lawsuit against Florida Governor Charlie Crist on Monday for using their 1985 single Road to Nowhere in his senatorial campaign without permission.

The song was used in website and YouTube ads this year attacking the Republican primary opponent, Marco Rubio.

"I was pretty upset by that," said Byrne, who the ads pulled. But, "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 "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."

Byrne's attorney, Lawrence Iser, said:

"I was fairly astonished that this soon after the settlement of Browne vs. McCain, yet another politician with national aspirations is doing this again. We just a year ago settled Browne vs. McCain, and the defendants there — including the Republican National Party — made a pledge…they would respect artists rights and license copyrighted works. To have it happen again in January is fairly shocking. They can't say, 'We didn't know that you have to get a license to use songs in commercials.'…They absolutely did know."

Byrne is seeking $1 million in damages, which is his fee for having his songs appear in commercials.

[Image via WENN.]

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24 comments to “David Byrne Suing Florida Governor”

  1. 1

    Charlie Crist is a homo, check out the documentary "Outrage".

  2. 2

    Maybe Perez is too young to remember the Talking Heads…it's David BYRNE, not Bryne! :-)

  3. 3

    It's hard to tell who is who.. They look the same..

  4. 4

    He should sue him for stealing his hair color too!

  5. 5

    Gee another fucking gay twot complaing out his so called music being used. Get over yourself and Crist is not even a Republican he is an independent now. Go f yourselfs you f'ing gay twots.

  6. 6

    Mr talking head should get over this too. He acts like the song was on a national campaign….the majority of us never saw/heard the ad. I hardly think there was major damage. Infact, his bring this thing to court put it on the map…marketing strategy for a release….I'm thinking maybe.

  7. 7

    seperated at birth?!

  8. 8

    Re: Shewolf – STOP thinking…you'll hurt yourself. You are WRONG on multiple counts here.

  9. liak says – reply to this


    ahem…Charlie Crist is a Democrat, not a Republican. His Attorney misspoke. And David Byrne is an angry angry dude. Too bad he shat all over his former band mates.

  10. liak says – reply to this


    PS: Is it just me or do these two make a CUTE COUPLE??

  11. 11

    Go David Byrne!

  12. 12

    I'm surprised you don't love, love, love Charlie Crist. He is a closeted gay. Actually, Charlie is a great governor and he's getting my vote for senator.

  13. 13

    It's BYRNE BYRNE for crying out loud not BRYNE

  14. 14

    Solo career not going well?

  15. 15

    i know typos happen, and i'm not one to correct anyone. it's funny though because that's my last name and people CONSTANTLY write BRYNE instead of BYRNE even when i spell it out for them.

  16. 16

    Re: BUTCH8844 – Actually, his music has appeared on HBO's "Big Love." Byrne is doing all right, he's no pauper.

    I remember when the salsero Willie Colon was gunning to kick Byrne's ass. I'd have paid to see that happen. Byrne is such a pretentious fop.

  17. 17

    I don't think "Road to Nowhere" is a song you really want to use for a campaign…but let's hope that's the road Crist is taking

  18. 18

    Re: cjk0420 – agreed! i had to look again! lol

  19. 19

    Re: Gary78 – He is. Its unfortunate that he is also a closeted/ashamed homo that signs such harsh hate bills. He's a jerk.

  20. 20

    David Byrne is legend…

  21. 21

    It's ironic that Byrne is wearing a suit and tie and looking so "politically correct" in the photos from the conference.

  22. 22

    Re: njpaul129

    Shut the fuck up you stupid cun*t.

  23. 23

    Ridiculous that elected officials break copyright laws.

  24. @v@ says – reply to this


    He could have sued for 1.25; one mill for his usual fee, and 250,000 for not asking.