Talking Heads v. Charlie Crist Copyright Infringement Case Settled With YouTube Apology


Now here’s a unique way to settle a case.

Charlie Crist, the former Governor of Florida, used the Talking Heads‘ song “Road To Nowhere” in advertisements for his Senatorial campaign.  The advertisements were posted on YouTube and on his campaign website.  Trouble was he failed to obtain a license for those uses.   Upon learning of the matter, Talking Heads’ lead singer David Byrne filed a copyright infringement suit against Crist.  The just settled, and although all details of the settlement haven’t been disclosed one detail that was important to Byrne is available right here:

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It’s not often that a politician acknowledges a mistake.  Kudos to Charlie Crist for having the courage to do so.


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