“Eye of the Tiger” guitarist sues Newt Gingrich for playing song at events

Musician seeks damages and an injunction

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Anyone who has seen the “Rocky” series (or attended a school whose mascot is a tiger) is familiar with Survivor’s catchy tune “Eye of the Tiger.” The song has pumped up movie fans and sports fans for decades. But Survivor’s lead guitarist, Frankie Sullivan, is ready to get into the ring with Newt Gingrich, who has been playing the song at his political rallies for more than two years.

On Monday, Sullivan’s music publishing company, Rude Music Inc., which owns the rights to the 1982 song, sued Gingrich, claiming the Republican politician has no right to use “Eye of the Tiger” as part of his campaign. The suit seeks damages and an injunction to block Gingrich from using the song at appearances and in campaign videos.

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