Loren Donald Pearson

Loren Donald Pearson is a Registered Patent Attorney and a Florida Bar Board Certified Intellectual Property Attorney.  He is a partner at Assouline & Berlowe, PA and leads its intellectual property group.  Read his profile

 
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Tuesday
Apr262011

Unusual Remedy for Copyright Infringement for an Unusal Artist

In addition to an undisclosed financial settlement, Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist issued a public apology for using the Talking Head's song, "Road to Nowhere" without permission in a political advertisement in his 2010 US Senate campaign.  The apology was posted on YouTube.

Public apologies are not typical in lawsuit settlements, but David Byrne is not a conventional plaintiff.  In this case he seemed concerned with controlling his right to license his work to consumers that he chooses and to shedding light onto the problem of political campaigns stealing music.

David Byrne's Blog

NY Times Article on Byrne v. Crist Settlement

The first step for taking control of who is using your creative work (i.e. music, photographs, text, or computer program) is to register your copyrights.  Then, with a registered copyright, you have a powerful tool to sue for copyright infringement or license your work.