Wow. This guy used to be a Governor? How pathetic. I'm actually embarrassed for Crist here. Talking Heads singer David Byrne obviously set out to humiliate someone and landed himself a United States Governor and former Republican star.
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has settled a lawsuit filed by Talking Heads singer David Byrne after Crist used one of the group's songs without permission in a campaign ad last year, both parties confirmed Monday.
Terms of the settlement were not released, but it included a recorded apology by Crist that was posted on YouTube Monday afternoon. Byrne had sued Crist for $1 million for using the song "Road to Nowhere" in a YouTube video attacking Marco Rubio, one of the governor's opponents in the U.S. Senate race.
Crist said Monday that he was pleased with the terms of the settlement and that Byrne "couldn't have been a better guy" when they met last week to mediate the case.
"As I told him, I was sorry it ever happened at all," Crist said. "He couldn't have been more of a gentleman about it."
"It turns out I am one of the few artists who has the bucks and [guts] to challenge such usage. I'm feeling very manly after my trip to Tampa!" Byrne's statement said. "Other artists may actually have the anger but not want to take the time and risk the legal bills. I am lucky that I can do that. Anyway, my hope is that by standing up to this practice maybe it can be made to be a less common option, or better yet an option that is never taken in the future."
Byrne has absolutely every right to be angry over the violation of his copyright, but the remedy
says a lot about both men.