'Road To Nowhere' Leads To A Lawsuit

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is being sued for $1 million for using a Talking Heads song in a campaign ad without the band's permission. The group's ex-lead singer David Byrne filed the suit Monday over Crist's use of Road to Nowhere.

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DAVID GREENE, host:

(Soundbite of song, "Road to Nowhere")

TALKING HEADS (Rock band): (Singing) We're on a ride to nowhere. Come on inside.

GREENE: And our last word in business is the road to copyright violation. Florida Senate candidate Charlie Crist, or perhaps his campaign advisers, thought this song, "Road to Nowhere" was a clever way to slam Republican opponent Mark Rubio. They just ended up with a new opponent: David Byrne, the lead singer from the band Talking Heads, which came out with the hit "Road to Nowhere" in the 1980s.

Byrne has just slapped Crist with a lawsuit. He's claiming copyright infringement, and he wants a million dollars in damages. Byrne says he never gave Crist permission to use his song, doesn't want to imply he's supporting any campaign. And furthermore, not just this song: He says he never licensed any of his music for use in adverting.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

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