Tallahassee, Florida - April 12, 2011
Former Gov. Charlie Crist has settled a lawsuit filed by musician David Byrne that had accused Crist’s U./S. Senate campaign of illegally using the 1985 Talking Heads song “Road to Nowhere.” The Miami Herald reported Monday that the suit was settled last week, but the terms are confidential. Crist, now a lawyer with Morgan & Morgan, told the Herald that it was a “nice settlement” and that he continues to have “great respect” for Byrne, the former Talking Heads front man. Crist’s new boss, lawyer John Morgan, represented the former governor in mediation in the case. The Crist campaign didn’t have Byrne’s permission to the use the song. The campaign pulled it after being asked to.
The lawsuit against Crist's campaign for using an unauthorized song during his senate campaign is settled.
Talking Heads singer David Byrne and former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist are no longer headed to court over a song.
Byrne and Crist have settled a $1 million lawsuit the singer
filed over Crist's unauthorized use of "Road to Nowhere" in a
You Tube ad during his U.S. Senate campaign last year.
The settlement was announced Monday. Its terms were
confidential. Crist also filmed a video apology that will be posted
to You Tube.
Byrne sued after Crist's campaign posted a January 2010 video
that attacked Marco Rubio and featured the 1985 song.
Crist told The Associated Press he was very pleased with the
settlement. Byrne's lawyers say they are preparing a statement.