Published May 24, 2010Florida Governor Charlie Crist has got on David Byrne's bad side by using the Talking Heads' 1985 jam "Road to Nowhere" in a political attack ad without permission. The ad appeared on Crist's website and YouTube page earlier this year, and we hope Crist got the message across while it lasted, because Byrne is now attempting to make him pay dearly in copyright infringement charges.
"I was pretty upset by that," Byrne told Billboard of the incident.
Even though Byrne had Warner Bros. put a cease and desist on the ad, he added that in his mind, that's not enough.
"In my opinion the damage had already been done by it being out there," Byrne said. "People that I knew had seen [the ad], so it had gotten around. 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."
For Byrne, copyright infringement carries a high price tag. That's why he's seeking $1 million in damages from Crist. Ironically, Crist's opposition, Marco Rubio, recently faced similar trouble by running a Crist attack ad with an unlicensed Steve Miller Band song.