Tampa, FL (PRWEB) April 12, 2011
Singer/songwriter David Byrne and Index Music Inc. have resolved their lawsuit against former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Charlie Crist for United States Senate, The Stevens and Schriefer Group, Ltd., and Red October Productions, Inc. The lawsuit (Case Number 8:10-CV1187-T26 (MAP)) arose from a web campaign video made by Stevens and Schriefer Group Ltd. And Red October Productions, Inc., which Charlie Crist used in his primary campaign for United States Senate, that incorporated portions of the song Road to Nowhere, a song written by Mr. Byrne and recorded by Mr. Byrne and his band Talking Heads. The lawsuit, filed on May 24, 2010 in the United States District Court in Tampa, alleged that this use of Road to Nowhere required licenses which were not obtained. The financial terms of the settlement are confidential.
Former Florida Governor Charlie Christ, Charlie Crist for United States Senate, The Stevens and Schriefer Group Ltd., and Red October Productions, Inc. apologize that a portion of David Byrne's song and the recording of Road to Nowhere was used without permission. Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Charlie Crist for United States Senate, The Stevens and Schriefer Group Ltd., and Red October Productions, Inc. do not support or condone any actions taken by anyone involved in the 2010 election campaign for United States Senate that were inconsistent with artists' rights of the various legal protections afforded to intellectual property.
Governor Crist has filmed a video apology which is available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4k13LmlcUE.
For further information, please contact:
Lawrence Y. Iser
Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP 808
Wilshire Boulevard, 3rd Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 566-9801
Morgan & Morgan
20 North Orange Avenue, 16th Floor
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 420-1414
The Stevens and Schriefer Group Ltd. And Red October Productions, Inc.:
Michael P. Matthews
Foley & Lardner LLP
100 North Tampa Street, Suite 2700
Tampa, FL 33601-3391
Phone: (813) 225-4131