Gingrich sued for using 'Eye of the Tiger' in campaign
January 30th, 2012
10:52 PM ET
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Gingrich sued for using 'Eye of the Tiger' in campaign

(CNN) - The composer of the popular song "Eye of the Tiger" filed a copyright infringement complaint against Newt Gingrich on Monday.

Rude Music, Inc., owned by the song's co-composer Frank Sullivan, is suing the Republican presidential candidate for using the Grammy-winning song -—widely known as the anthem for the movie "Rocky III" - at events dating back to 2009.

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The five-page complaint says the Gingrich campaign has played the tune while the candidate took the stage at numerous events in this election cycle, as well as during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for the past three years.

The document claims Gingrich is "sophisticated and knowledgeable" of copyright laws, arguing that the former House speaker has authored more than 40 copyrighted works, himself.

It also brings up the candidate's opposition to the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act. At a recent debate in South Carolina, Gingrich said, "We have a patent office, we have a copyright law. If a company finds that it has genuinely been infringed upon, it has a right to sue..."

The Palatine-based Rude Music is asking that Gingrich’s campaign discontinue its “unauthorized” use of the song, in addition to pay damages determined by the Illinois court where the suit was filed.

The Gingrich campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

- CNN’s Justin Lear contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. ChumBucket

    every campaign season we here about liberal songwriters and singers who sue conservative candidates because they play their music, but you never hear what becomes of the suit, becase, it's perfectly legal as long as you paid for the music.

    January 31, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  2. GetOverIt

    If Republicans actually limited themselves to music created by supporters, there would be pretty slim pickings indeed. Ted Nugent, anyone?

    January 31, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  3. Bubba

    He should use "Eye of the Walrus" as his theme song instead. Lots of sad tubas going wah, wah, wahhhhhhh.

    January 31, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  4. LovesIrony

    lie, cheat, and steal. Woo Hoo, the trifecta of ethics

    January 31, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  5. andres

    he now needs to sue CNN for using 'eye of the tiger' on this article. Then sue me for using it on this post.

    January 31, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    "Catch me if you can." I don't like people who do not respect laws. People should respect laws and abide by them, not break them whenever it is convenient and you feel that you can get away with it. Now that the campaign has been asked to cease and desist, let's see how face the comply and if they comply.

    January 31, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
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