Tuesday, April 12, 2011

UPDATE: Former Fla. Gov. Crist 'Byrned' by Copyright Infringement Settlement

ST PETERSBURG, FL - NOVEMBER 02:  Florida inde...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeFormer Florida Gov. Charlie Crist returned to the scene of the crime, as it were, appearing in a YouTube video apologizing to former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne as part of a settlement of the latter's copyright infringement suit against Crist for his campaign's unauthorized use of  Talking Heads hit song Road to Nowhere in a YouTube video attacking Crist's 2010 U.S. Senate opponent and eventual victor Marco Rubio (see "TUOL" post 5/26/10).

Byrne sued  Crist for copyright infringement and violation of the Lanham Act in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Case No. 8:10-cv-1187-T26) in May 2010, seeking $1 million in damages for the unauthorized use of his band's song.  Beyond the recorded apology, the terms of the parties' settlement were not disclosed.

It appears the plaintiff was successful in his goal, to borrow another Talking Heads song title: Give Me My Name Back. 

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