In a feeble attempt to boost Florida governor Charlie Crist’s hep-factor, the once-Republican’s then-GOP Senate campaign used the 1985 Talking Heads’ hit “Road to Nowhere” in a video posted on the Crist’s website and YouTube.
Ooops. Seems the campaign forgot a little thing called “copyright” according to a $1 million copyright infringement lawsuit filed by the band’s frontman and songwriter David Byrne. Crist has since switched from the GOP to running as an independent. The ad was pulled after Byrne contacted Warner Bros. when he became of the songs use.
Byrne told Billboard that the suit was 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.
Well, yeah, but if Byrne agreed with Crist’s politics, would he have let the song stand unchallenged? And did the GOP not learn from the 2008 election cycle when John McCain and Sarah Palin were repeatedly sued for using music without a license.