David Byrne Suing Florida Governor For Copyright Infringement
Former [lastfm]Talking Heads [/lastfm]frontman [lastfm]David Byrne [/lastfm]is suing Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist for allegedly using the Talking Heads hit “Road To Nowhere” without his consent. The song appeared in a YouTube video created as part of Crist’s ongoing Senate campaign.
“People that I knew had seen [the ad] so it had gotten around,” Byrne said in a U.K. radio interview. “It’s 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.”
To fight the video’s spread, Byrne has enlisted music lawyer Lawrence Iser, who successfully sued John McCain for illegally using a song by [lastfm]Jackson Browne[/lastfm].
“I was fairly astonished that this soon after the settlement of Browne v McCain, yet another politician with national aspirations is doing this again,” Iser said.
As the case pans out, Byrne will spend the summer promoting his new album, Here Lies Love, a concept album written with [lastfm]Fat Boy Slim [/lastfm]that chronicles the life of Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Phillipines.