Former Florida Governor Settles Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Apr 13, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
Former Florida Governor Settles Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist has reportedly settled a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Talking Heads singer David Byrne after Crist allegedly used one of the group's songs without permission in a campaign advertisement last year.

The Associated Press reports that terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but Crist recorded an apology that was posted on YouTube earlier this week. Byrne had allegedly sued Crist for $1 million in copyright costs after the former governor used the song "Road to Nowhere" in an advertisement attacking an opposing U.S. Senate candidate.

Crist explained that he was pleased with the terms of the settlement, adding that Byrne "couldn't have been a better guy" when they were involved in a mediation last week.

"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."

According to the news provider, both Crist and the advertising agency he used have placed blame on each other for not receiving permission to use the song in the advertisement.