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David Byrne Sues Florida Gov. Charlie Crist For $1 Million
billboard.com ^ | May 24, 2010 | Gary Graff

Posted on 05/24/2010 7:04:28 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

David Byrne is suing the governor of Florida, alleging that he used the Talking Heads' 1985 single "Road to Nowhere" without permission or proper licenses.

Byrne is seeking $1 million in damages from Gov. Charlie Crist, who's also Florida's former Attorney General, and his senatorial campaign for use of the song earlier this year in a website and YouTube ad attacking his then-Republican primary opponent, Marco Rubio. Crist has since changed his campaign and is running as an independent candidate.

The suit (Case Number 8:10-CV1187-T26 (MAP)) was filed early Monday afternoon in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa.

Byrne tells Billboard.com that he became aware of the Crist ad from a friend in New York, where the Talking Heads co-founder resides. "I was pretty upset by that," says Byrne, who had Warner Bros. Records contact the Crist campaign, which subsequently stopped using the ad. But, Byrne contends, "in my opinion the damage had already been done by it being out there. People that I knew had seen (the ad), so it had gotten around. The suit, he adds, "is 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."

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KEYWORDS: 2010electionbias; charliecrist; copyrightlaw; crist; davidbyrne; judascrist; pravdamedia; rino; talkingheads
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1 posted on 05/24/2010 7:04:28 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Byne’s a commie, but I loved Talking Heads.


2 posted on 05/24/2010 7:05:56 PM PDT by Salo
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To: Salo; Free ThinkerNY

” Byne’s a commie, but I loved Talking Heads.”

Yeah he is, but what a “ useful idiot” he is!

LOL!


3 posted on 05/24/2010 7:07:34 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Ironic that Crist would choose the song “Road to Nowhere”...
“Stop Making Sense” top 50 album of all time..


4 posted on 05/24/2010 7:08:11 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: Salo

Yep. David Byrne made it cool to be a nerd.


5 posted on 05/24/2010 7:08:25 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Wait, did Crist use the song at a rally or in an ad?

If at a rally, its usually covered by a rights management group. But if Crist used it in an ad, he's in deep doo doo.

6 posted on 05/24/2010 7:09:26 PM PDT by rintense
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To: Joe 6-pack

You may ask yourself, where is my beautiful wife?


7 posted on 05/24/2010 7:10:10 PM PDT by rintense
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Just rewards for ole Chollie!


8 posted on 05/24/2010 7:10:24 PM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Salo
Psycho Killer
9 posted on 05/24/2010 7:10:43 PM PDT by Hoodat (.For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

While an ASCAP or similar license should allow for candidates to come out to music at an in person venue... the former AG for Florida should know that you can’t just build an attack ad around the property of a songwriter with a copyright.

I hope Charlie gets to pay dearly.


10 posted on 05/24/2010 7:11:38 PM PDT by rwilson99
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To: rintense

I’ve been asking myself that question for about 10 years now, lol....


11 posted on 05/24/2010 7:12:17 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: rintense

Crocodile tears are flowing from me with wanton abandon ;-)


12 posted on 05/24/2010 7:12:55 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: Joe 6-pack
His Brazilian music (and some other) music compilations are very enjoyable. Also great is My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Byrne and Eno.
13 posted on 05/24/2010 7:15:42 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Joe 6-pack

What’s the name of the track that has ‘here we go again’ ‘who knows what she’s thinking’ and ‘who knows what I’m thinking’?

Has a great horn section.


14 posted on 05/24/2010 7:16:29 PM PDT by txhurl (1070: the REAL law of unintended consequences)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I knew someone who had helped run clubs in the punk/New Wave scene in ‘70’s NYC.

He insisted that all of those bands put on heavy schtick with their gimmicks ... EXCEPT for the Talking Heads, who actually took themselves seriously.

Of course, that same fellow was sure that Debbie Harry wasn’t going to see her 35th birthday due to her heavy drug and alcohol abuse, and she pulled through.


15 posted on 05/24/2010 7:16:49 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: Salo

...Well,,, ya got half of it right, the right half, love their music. The fact that “Bynes”,,, try Byrne’s politics may be radical liberal socialist commie pinko drivel, try to separate the issues. Find some common ground, like music, and then DEBATE THE FOOKIN DIFFERENCES!!!


16 posted on 05/24/2010 7:20:19 PM PDT by gargoyle (..."I have not yet begun to fight" John Paul Jones...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“David Byrne Sues Florida Gov. Charlie Crist For $1 Million”

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More Suits about Buildings and Food.


17 posted on 05/24/2010 7:21:23 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: Joe 6-pack

In Crist’s case, it should be, ‘And you may ask yourself, my God, how did I get here?’


18 posted on 05/24/2010 7:21:41 PM PDT by rintense
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To: txhurl
You're thinking of The Lady Don't Mind
19 posted on 05/24/2010 7:22:29 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Possibly the worst dancer in the history of RNR!!

Good writer and performer, though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE1Ro_wPGIU&feature=PlayList&p=0BBBC503A3D43BB0&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=33


20 posted on 05/24/2010 7:26:12 PM PDT by djf
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