In the past few years, there’s been growing animosity over the way that Republican candidates for public office use music in campaigns. Today comes word of a new lawsuit filed against Newt Gingrich’s campaign for using “Eye of the Tiger,” the Grammy-winning song from “Rocky III.”
The new lawsuit, first reported by TMZ, was filed in Illinois federal court on behalf of Rude Music Inc., owned by Frank Sullivan, a co-author of the song. The complaint says that Gingrich has used the song without authorization at various conferences and campaign rallies. The plaintiff claims this is a violation of the song’s copyright and demands an injunction to put a stop to Gingrich’s choice of entrance music.
Gingrich isn’t the first politician to be sued over music.
After the 2008 election, singer Jackson Brown filed a lawsuit against John McCain over use of the song, “Running on Empty.” A few months later, singer Don Henley brought legal action against California senatorial candidate Chuck DeVore over use of the songs, “Boys of Summer” and “All She Wants To Do Is Dance.” And two years after that, songwriter David Byne sued Florida ex-governor Charlie Crist over use of the song, “Road to Nowhere.”
In each of these cases, the politicians backed down and were forced to make public apologies. In Crist’s case, it came in the form of an embarrassing YouTube video.