"Eye of the Tiger" Group Sues Gingrich: Don't Use Our Song!

GOP Candidates just can't get rock and rollers, no matter how cheesy their music or wealthy their estates, to sanction the use of their songs on the campaign trail.

Ever since Bruce Springsteen scoffed at Ronald Reagan's use of his (poorly chosen, it's a protest song!) "Born in the USA" musicians have been slamming, suing, and prohibiting candidates who use their music. And now, Newt Gingrich joins the club. Gingrich has been sued for using the theme to "Rocky" during his appearances.

From CBS:

 A lawsuit was filed against Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Monday for his use of the song "Eye of the Tiger," by Survivor, during campaign appearances.

 ...The suit says Gingrich violated copyright by using the song in appearances dating back at least to 2009, including in appearances at campaign events and at the Conservative Political Action Conference. CPAC is hosted by the American Conservative Union, which is also named in the lawsuit.

The statement in the lawsuit was particularly personal:

The lawsuit - which says "Mr. Gingrich is sophisticated and knowledgeable concerning the copyright laws" and notes the former speaker is the author or co-author of more than 40 copyrighted works - seeks a court-ordered ban on Gingrich using the song as well as "damages in an amount to be determined by the Court" from Newt 2012 Inc.

The CBS piece notes that classic rockers have been vigilant on this front: Tom Petty has sent cease and desist letters to Michele Bachmann and Presient George W. Bush, David Byrne sued former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Jackson Browne slapped John McCain with a lawsuit. Tough luck for the party of the one-percenters.

Particularly funny, since President Obama has gotten artists including Springsteen, Jay-Z and Al Green to proudly sing--in person--at his benefits!

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at January 31, 2012, 3:58am

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