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The Road to Lawsuits

Comments Off 26 May 2010


Politicians continue to treat the soundtracks to their campaign ads like a mixtape from a bad break-up. But, unlike when you go all High Fidelity on your ex, musicians often take offense. This time around it’s David Byrne who’s not one bit happy with Florida Governor Charlie Crist. It seems the one-time Republican gone Independent snagged the Talking Heads’ “Road to Nowhere” for a campaign video. The Crist camp pulled the spot when Byrne complained, but now Billboard reports the one-time Talking Head is seeking $1-million in damages based on the amount he’s turned down for licensing the song for commercial use. Crist’s opponent in the Senate race has licensing problems too. Marco Rubio’s campaign used the Steve Miller Band’s “Take the Money and Run” in a campaign video of their own. Miller was content for that video to simply be removed.

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