Gingrich Sued for Using Song in Doylestown
The company that owns the rights to "Eye of the Tiger" said the presidential candidate did not have permission to use it when he visited the Moose Lodge.
Newt Gingrich played to a packed house when he visited Doylestown in September, but now he's being sued for what he played.
Rude Music Inc., owned by a member of the band Survivor, is suing the Republican presidential candidate for playing "Eye of the Tiger" as he strode into the Oscar Martin room of the Moose Lodge.
The company filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The suit cites Gingrich's own website as proof that he used the song at his appearance in Doylestown, according to Fox News.
Rude Music claims Gingrich also used the song without permission at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in 2010 and at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
The lawsuit asks the court to order Gingrich to stop using the song as soon as possible, and to pay unspecified financial compensation.
Gingrich appeared at the Moose Lodge on Doylestown's East State Street on September 27. About 400 people attended Gingrich's speech in the appearance arranged by the Doylestown-based Tea Party group, the Kitchen Table Patriots.
At the time, Gingrich seemed a long shot in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
In the intervening months, however, Gingrich's star has risen, most recently propelling him to a primary win in South Carolina.
Released in 1982 by the rock band Survivor, "Eye of the Tiger" was the theme song for Rocky III and spent several weeks at No. 1 on the music charts that same year.