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.

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

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