Newt Gingrich Is Sued for Infringing “Eye of the Tiger” Copyrights
January 30, 2012
2012 Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was on Jan. 30 named as a defendant in a suit charging that he infringed the copyrights in the song “Eye of the Tiger,” the principal theme song for the 1982 Rocky III movie (Rude Music Inc. v. Newt 2012 Inc., N.D. Ill., No. 1:12-cv-00640, filed 1/30/12).
The suit was filed by plaintiff Rude Music Inc., co-owner of the copyright in the Grammy-winning hit song performed by the group Survivor. In its complaint, Rude Music asserts that Gingrich, Newt 2012 Inc., and the American Conservative Union, violated the Copyright Act by using the song in campaign events and materials without permission.
Among other things, the suit charges that:
•The American Conservative Union has posted on the internet video recordings of at least the 2010 and 2011 conferences, featuring Mr. Gingrich and “Eye of the Tiger.” The reproduction and distribution of these recorded performances of the copyrighted composition is unlicensed and unauthorized.
The complaint continues by noting that the infringement in this case is willful, and that enhanced damages are therefore warranted under the Copyright Act.Rude Music is represented by Marianne C. Holzhall and Annette Michele McGarry of McGarry & McGarry, Chicago.