David Byrne has secured an out of court settlement with former Governor of Florida Charlie Crist in relation to an advertising quibble.
Crist had failed to gain the Talking Heads singer’s permission to use one of his songs in a campaign advertisement, and was duly taken to court.
Byrne filed the lawsuit after he discovered that Crist had used the band’s 1985 single ‘Road To Nowhere’ in an advert last year. He was seeking over $1 million (£613,000) in damages, but the amount he ended up getting has not been made public.
The agreement did, however, include a proviso that Crist make a formal apology, which he did yesterday (April 11) via YouTube. You can see the apology by scrolling down and clicking below.
Rolling Stone reports that Byrne released a statement in which he discussed the lawsuit and how surprised he was that so few artists sue when their music is used without permission.
“It turns out I am one of the few artists who has the bucks and (guts) to challenge such usage,” he said. “I’m feeling very manly after my trip to Tampa.”