David Byrne Suing Charlie Crist Over Use of "Road to Nowhere"

Gov. Charlie Crist announces his veto of Senate Bill 6 concerning teacher tenure and merit pay on Thursday, April 15, 2010, in Tallahassee, Fla. Already trailing badly in the GOP Senate primary race, Crist further alienated many powerful Republican and business interests Thursday by vetoing a contentious teacher merit-pay and anti-tenure law they pushed through the Legislature. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon) AP Photo/Steve Cannon

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David Byrne has filed a $1 million lawsuit against Florida governor and Senate candidate Charlie Crist over Crist's use of the 1985 Talking Heads single "Road to Nowhere," Billboard reports.

Crist, who became an independent after struggling in the GOP primary, reportedly used the ad on a website and in a YouTube attack ad against opponent Marco Rubio.

Byrne told Billboard the suit "is not about politics...It's about copyright and about the fact that it does imply that I would have licensed it and endorsed him and whatever he stands for."

The former Talking Heads singer is represented by the same lawyer, Lawrence Iser, who represented Jackson Browne when Browne successfully sued Sen. John McCain for McCain's use of his "Running on Empty" in the 2008 presidential campaign.

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