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David Byrne had 'no choice' but to sue Charlie Crist over Talking Heads song

Cover Rolling Stone has new details on David Byrne's $1 million lawsuit against Charlie Crist for using a Talking Heads song in a campaign ad without permission.

Have there been any talks of settling with Crist?

We tried hard to resolve this before filing the lawsuit. Our legal system has the problem that money often dictates whether someone files a lawsuit or not. It's often assumed, rightly, by the powerful, that the little guy won't spend the money to take it to court. I was left with no choice but to file this lawsuit. I'm sure we will continue to explore settlement options.

Would you sue a candidate that you supported if they also used your music without permission?

Yes. This is not about politics or about Republicans, Democrats or Independents. This lawsuit is about maintaining control over the use of my identity and my music. (more here)

Crist Rival Marco Rubio has incorporated rock songs into some of his Web ads, drawing a rebuke from Steve Miller.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:41am]


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