'Road To Nowhere' Leads To A Lawsuit
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.