Gingrich Faces Eye of the Copyright Tiger

Feb. 17 – Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Prof. William T. McGrath authored column

The latest victim of a songwriter’s wrath is Newt Gingrich, who was recently sued in Chicago by Frank Sullivan, a member of the musical band Survivor, a co-author of the band’s most famous song, “Eye of the Tiger.” This song is best known as the theme song from the movie, “Rocky III.” Sullivan, who lives in Palatine, alleges that since 2009 Gingrich has used the song as a theme at campaign rallies. These public performances, Sullivan claims, were “unlicensed and unauthorized,” and violate Sullivan’s copyright. The suit also alleges that the American Conservative Union, the group that hosts the annual CPAC political action conference, posted videos of McCain rallies that include the song.

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