Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sometimes an apology is all that is needed

Former Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne's federal lawsuit in the Middle District against former Governor of Florida and U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Crist for use of the hit song "Road to Nowhere" in the 2010 campaign was resolved with a simple You Tube apology. I spoke with attorney for Gov. Crist, Brian Moes last year about the allegations which included copyright infringement. I also spoke with Gov. Crist last month about the importance of early mediation and stressed the impact of the high profile decision makers getting together in the room, without the posturing of lawyers, to settle their differences. This case was also being used to expose a larger practice of artists' intellectual property rights being trampled upon during political campaign season by both inexperienced and veteran advertising organizations in media spending. In the end, a potentially valuable claim went away with a message to would-be violators and a humble apology seen at the link below.