Guilty? U.S. Court Orders Apology Be Broadcast On YouTube

Guilty? U.S. Court Orders Apology Be Broadcast On YouTube

Charlie Crist's court ordered video apology helps set a precedent by educating anyone looking to use intellectual property without the consent of its rightful owner.

Kyana Gordon
  • 13 april 2011

If being charged guilty in front of a courtroom full of people and a 12-person jury isn’t enough, United States courts have taken it one step further by having the accused issue official apologies for the world to view on YouTube. Case in point, Charlie Crist, former governor of Florida who recently settled a lawsuit with David Byrne. In his bid for U.S. Senate seat in 2010, The Talking Heads song “Road to Nowhere” was misappropriated in a campaign ad, and consequently caused lead singer David Byrne to sue for damages in the amount of $1 million (figure based on previous offers Byrne received for use of his songs in commercials). As part of the settlement, Crist was mandated to broadcast a public apology on YouTube – the identical format in which the online campaign ad was distributed. In the opening statement of the apology video, Crist looks directly into the camera and says:

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