Huckabee sued for playing ‘Eye of the Tiger’ at Kim Davis rally

20 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

“Eye of the Tiger” Guitarist Sues Huckabee Campaign Over Misuse of Iconic Song.

Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign, responding to a lawsuit filed against them this week for playing the song “Eye of the Tiger” during a September political rally, is vowing not “to be bullied.” Frankie Sullivan, a member of the band Survivor who co-wrote “Eye of the Tiger,” filed suit against the Republican’s presidential campaign in federal court Wednesday, accusing them of copyright infringement.Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is facing a lawsuit stemming from a September rally where the former Arkansas governor used Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” without permission. The song was played during a public rally Huckabee held with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who was famously jailed this summer for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. “Mr. Earlier this year, Republican front-runner Donald Trump drew the ire of Neil Young when the real estate mogul played the song “Rockin’ in the Free World” during his presidential campaign launch.

Sullivan’s Chicago-based music company holds the copyright to the song, according to the lawsuit, which is seeking unspecified damages and an immediate cease-and-desist order, according to the Associated Press. In 2008, Tom Scholz, the guitarist for the band Boston, objected to Huckabee’s performance (he plays the bass) of his song “More Than a Feeling.” “By using my song, and my band’s name BOSTON, you have taken something of mine and used it to promote ideas to which I am opposed,” Scholz wrote in a letter. “In other words, I think I’ve been ripped off, dude!” However, the guitarist did admit that, unlike Davis, he supports gay marriage. “I do not agree with Kim Davis’ stance and do not believe in denying gay rights and the freedom for all individuals to choose the lifestyle they want to live,” Sullivan says. “Our Constitution, and the words of our Founding Fathers, stand tall for freedom, which is what America is all about. Let’s stop!” 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

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