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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

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.


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."


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This suit won't succeed. You are perfectly allowed to play any released song at any public event. It's not like it's used in a political ad, it's just background music. Nothing wrong with that.

If they could win this suit, then the company who makes the suit Newt wears (wearing a suit, haha, pun intended) could also sue him for wearing the suit they made. Nonsense.

A released song can be played in any radio-station regardless of that station's political observance. Playing the song while a politician walks through a crowd is not enough to claim the song is mis-used for political reasons.

Survivor won't survive this suit (since they'll have to pay for the costs of the court-case)



995 days ago

Delaware D    

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

995 days ago

Kris in NYC    

"That's one expensive concert ticket"??? No, its called paying to use what is rightfully someone else's work for your own gain...repeatedly! It would probably cost a LOT more to actually have them perform a real concert! Have you never hear of copyright laws?!?!

995 days ago


“It is my understanding the band wants $200,000 because someone played their song. That’s one expensive concert ticket.”

First of all, then it’s a good thing Newt is a fat, rich republican so he can easily pay the money. Second of all, they don’t want that much money because “someone” played their song. They want it because a fat, rich, ******* republican played their song and they don’t want him to.

995 days ago


I love how if you are a liberal you can play any song you like. If this was Obama there would be no problem. Get over it.

995 days ago


Ed, you're confused. Liberal politicians either get permission or PAY for what they're using. Republicans think they are above the law and that anyone would want their music promoted by obese bigoted politicians so they just do what they want. You know, like always.

995 days ago


Looks like we've got yet ANOTHER politician who thinks he should be allowed to use any song he wants to any time he wants to. Newt, if I couldn't use more than 20 seconds of any song for my videos in my high school tech class, you can't play them non-stop on the campaign trail. Jesus, and this man wants to run the country? What a douche.

995 days ago


Newt's popularity is about to surge with the crowd who likes to download music and movies without paying! Next he needs to get a grill!

995 days ago


What we're talking here is a cheesy publicity stunt by a disgruntled over-the-hill attention-starved song co-writer over an out-of-date, irrelevant song. Assuming he has been getting his royalty checks from ASCAP/BMI, there is no case. (And if he hasn't, he needs to go after THEM) This frivolous suit will be thrown out, but not before he has made headlines and gotten the attention he so desperately craves.

If the venues for these events (usually) or the campaign committee have paid the customary ASCAP fees, they can play this or any copyrighted song publicly. If unpaid, ASCAP can and will send a field representative out who will monitor this activity and bill them for the charges they owe. Period.
You will notice that he only complains when Republicans use this song. This is not about protecting his copyright, it is purely politically motivated. You can bet he was thrilled when Weird Al Yankovic used the melody in his parody "Rye or the Kaiser"! I wonder if he expects anyone to believe that stadiums and arenas call him for "permission" to play this at sporting events. Yeah, right!

As a DJ, I am deleting this song from my library, and will refuse to play this or anything else written by him if requested, telling them "sorry, I don't have permission from the song writer."

994 days ago


’Eye of the Tiger’ co-writer disagrees with bandmate’s beef with Gingrich

994 days ago


considering Jammie Thomas-Rasset was sued for 1.9 million for illegally downloading 24 songs, I think Newt, a SOPA supporter, got off easy...

960 days ago


Well, he should have known better, copyright infringements and all that stuff, and such a guy wants to rule America? God behave! grill

884 days ago
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