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Newt Gingrich

Sued for Using 'Eye Of the Tiger'

at Political Events

1/30/2012 1:28 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Newt Gingrich is being sued by the company which owns the rights to the 1982 song, "Eye of the Tiger" -- claiming Newt had no right to use it as part of his campaign.

Rude Music Inc. -- owned by a member of the band Survivor -- filed the suit today in federal court in Illinois ... claiming Newt has jacked the song made famous in "Rocky III" to push his political agenda.

According to the lawsuit, Newt has been using the song at various political events since 2009.

In the suit, Rude Music claims Gingrich used the song at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2009, 2010 and 2011 ... as well as the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in 2010.



RMI claims Gingrich -- along with his campaign team, Newt 2012, Inc. -- recently  used the song during a campaign event in Doylestown, Pennsylvania ... claiming, "Mr. Gingrich entered the packed Moose Lodge for a speech as the song 'pulsed,' according to the the Newt 2012, Inc. website."

RMI is also suing the American Conservative Union -- claiming it has republished various clips featuring Newt and the "Eye of the Tiger" song without permission.

RMI is asking a judge to order Newt and his team to stop using the song ASAP -- plus, the company wants unspecified damages.

Gingrich isn't the first G.O.P. candidate to be sued for using music -- back in 2008, Jackson Browne sued John McCain for using the song "Running on Empty" in a political ad.

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A rep for Net's camp tells TMZ ... "It is my understanding the band wants $200,000 because someone played their song.  That's one expensive concert ticket."



103 COMMENTS

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1.

KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes!

894 days ago
2.

charley    

Gingrich is a big fat azz ole of a slob! God almighty...do we want a gross fat bigoted azz ole running this country...hell NO!

894 days ago
3.

MittensRomney    

He's going down like a sweet cup of donkey semen.

894 days ago
4.

Delaware D    

VOTE NEWT! NOW VOTE MITT! It's OPERATION CHAOS!!!!hahahaha

894 days ago
5.

Italia    

Newt is having one hellofa bad day!

Not that I mind.

Obama / Biden 2012

894 days ago
6.

Shark jumper    

more like the brown eye of a jackass

894 days ago
7.

Strokadellic    

F*ck all of these toolbags on both sides of the political spectrum...as well as all the toolbag supporters who blindly follow their favorite team. That's all it really is. These f*cks don't give a sh*t about you while they are golfing with other members of their social class. Follow them off a f*cking cliff. I love you.

894 days ago
8.

Cindy    

So Survivor only wants Democrats to play their music...good...Survivor off my playlist, along with Heart and Jackson Browne...

894 days ago
9.

UPYOURS    

ROFLMAO, shot himself in the foot.

894 days ago
10.

jhunter    

Who cares.. he is pompous and has no values. wait, thats all of us.

894 days ago
11.

MasktRacer    

Sue for WHAT? Seriously, this mentality that people think they can sue you without showing damages is exactly how this country got into this "Lotto" mindset. (Money without working for it).. Survivor should be thanking him for using the song "Eye of the Tiger".. Free publicity.

894 days ago
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obama'saracist    

No Newt in 2012 in any job he is s***.Newt supports illegals ruining this country

894 days ago
13.

Hey Now    

Umm, Masktracer its called "copyright infringement." You can't publicly use somebody's song without permission.

894 days ago
14.

Redskin_Chick    

People need to take the sticks out their butts, who cares if they play they're music, its so annoying. Yet Obama who is destroying America can play any music he wants smh.

894 days ago
15.

Nikkcolle    

They wouldn't complain/sue if it was someone they had the same political views as. They would use it to rejuvenate the song and ask for compensation.

894 days ago
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