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Survivor suing Newt Gingrich over use of 'Eye of the Tiger'



Newt Gingrich/Tampa Bay Times photoNewt Gingrich is being sued by Survivor because he's using their signature head-thumping anthem Eye of the Tiger during campaign rallies ... without their permission, of course.

Given Newt's well-publicized marital issues, maybe Robert Palmer's Addicted To Love or Squeeze's Tempted would have made better choices. Of course, if he gets thumped during today's Florida primary, Debbie Gibson's Only In My Dreams or Michael Jackson's Beat It seem better fits.

Anyhow .... "The suit, which was filed in Illinois federal court on behalf of Rude Music Inc – a company owned by the song's co-author, Frank Sullivan – claims that the Republican presidential hopeful used the tune without authorization," Rolling Stone reports. "Sullivan is demanding an injunction to put a stop to Gingrich's use of Eye of the Tiger as entrance music."

When will politicians learn to ask first? Or is it a case of "easier to apologize than ask permission?" One noticeable trend: Seems like it's always a Republican candidate doing the wrongful borrowing.

"Gingrich is hardly the first Republican politician to be sued for using a hit song in a campaign rally," Rolling Stone says. "In recent years, Tom Petty and Katrina and the Waves sent Michele Bachmann a cease-and-desist letter last year, David Byrne sued Florida ex-governor Charlie Crist for using the Talking Heads song Road to Nowhere, Don Henley filed papers against California senate candidate Chuck DeVore for using Boys of Summer and Jackson Browne filed a suit against John McCain for his use of Running on Empty."

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 11:10am]


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