David Byrne sues Governor Charlie Crist

The Billboard report goes on to say that Byrne's attorney, Lawrence Iser, has experience in this sort of thing:


Byrne's attorney Lawrence Iser -- who also represented Jackson Browne in his successful suit against 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain's illegal use of his song "Running on Empty" -- says that the Crist campaign did not obtain either a synchronization license required to use Byrne's composition or a master use license for the Talking Heads' recording. The ad also violates the Lanham Act of the U.S. Trade Statue, implying a false endorsement of Crist by Byrne.


"I was fairly astonished that this soon after the settlement of Browne vs. McCain, yet another politician with national aspirations is doing this again," Iser says. "We just a year ago settled Browne vs. McCain, and the defendants there -- including the Repbulican National Party -- made a pledge...they would respect artists rights and license copyrighted works. To have it happen again in January is fairly shocking. They can't say, 'We didn't know that you have to get a license to use songs in commercials.'...They absolutely did know."


According to Billboard, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne filed a civil suit early Monday afternoon against Florida Governor and Senate candidate Charlie Crist.

Byrne is seeking $1 million in damages after Crist and his senatorial campaign used the Talking Heads' 1985 song "Road to Nowhere" in an attack ad against his then-opponent, Marco Rubio, in the Republican primary race.

Rubio's had some trouble with music appropriation himself.  His use of the Steve Miller Band song "Take the Money and Run" in an attack ad garnered a sharp response from Miller himself.

Hmm....where have we heard this before?

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