Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich faces a lawsuit over his use of "Eye of the Tiger," the theme song to the movie "Rocky III," court documents show.
The claim for copyright infringement, lodged on Monday by Rude Music Inc in an Illinois federal court, relates to Gingrich's use of the song at his political rallies.
Rude Music Inc is owned by Frank Sullivan, who co-wrote the Grammy-award winning song. In addition to Gingrich, the complaint names his campaign, Newt 2012 Inc, and the American Conservative Union, an advocacy organization, as defendents.
The complaint states that the violation it alleges is intentional since Gingrich is "sophisticated and knowledgeable" concerning copyright laws. Rude Music Inc has requested the court to order an end to unauthorized use of the song by the defendents, and to award Rude Music Inc damages.
A Gingrich campaign spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.
Do you think politicians intentionally use music without permission and just figure they'll get away with it for as long as they can, or was this an honest mistake? Tell us on Facebook.
- Colbert reports SuperPAC now over $1 million
- Gene Simmons is a Mitt Romney fan
- Who knew President Obama could sing?
- Kimmel mashes up GOP debate with 'Jersey Shore'