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.
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