David Byrne Settles Big Suit, Gets Video Apology

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[photogallerylink id=10517 align=left]Talking Heads frontman (head Head) [lastfm]David Byrne[/lastfm] has settled his lawsuit with ex-Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who used the band’s song “Road To Nowhere” in a 2010 political ad without asking permission.

According to the reports, Crist and his ad agency must pay an unspecified amount of money to Byrne. Charlie Crist also appears in this video apology to Byrne:

[pullquote quote=”It turns out I am one of the few artists who has the bucks and guts to challenge such usage.” credit=”David Byrne”]In a statement Monday, Byrne said he was shocked to discover that the unauthorized use of songs for political ads is “pretty rampant.”

“It turns out I am one of the few artists who has the bucks and [guts] to challenge such usage. I’m feeling very manly after my trip to Tampa!” Byrne’s statement said. “Other artists may actually have the anger but not want to take the time and risk the legal bills. I am lucky that I can do that. Anyway, my hope is that by standing up to this practice maybe it can be made to be a less common option, or better yet an option that is never taken in the future.”

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  • adam

    Loser the Week. Sure the Talking Heads frontman humiliated Charlie Christ, requiring him to apologize, but suing for $1 million over an online video watched by dozens and that nobody with two brain cells viewed as a Talking Heads endorsement of Christ? Talk about a psycho killer.

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