David Byrne, lead singer of the rock band Talking Heads, has filed suit against the Charlie Crist senatorial campaign, alleging that Crist has used a song that Byrne wrote, "Road to Nowhere," in a commercial without having received permission from Byrne to do so.
Check out the County Grind report from earlier today
, if for no other reason than the marvelous Photoshop job at Crist's expense.
Besides being theft, use of the song and my voice in a campaign ad implies that I, as writer and singer of the song, might have granted Crist permission to use it, and that I therefore endorse him and/or the Republican Party, of which he was a member until very, very recently.
The general public might also think I simply license the use of my songs to anyone who will pay the going rate, but that's not true either, as I have never licensed a song for use in an ad. I do license songs to commercial films and TV shows (if they pay the going rate), and to dance companies and student filmmakers mostly for free. But not to ads.