Frankie Sullivan’s Rude Music Company Suing Huckabee’s Campaign

Survivor at Sweden Rock 2013. Photo by Staffan Vilcans
Survivor at Sweden Rock 2013. Photo by Staffan Vilcans

Frankie Sullivan, co-writer of the hit song “Eye of the Tiger” and owner of “Rude Music” is suing Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign organization for “unauthorized public use” of his song.

Rude Music filed the lawsuit in federal court in Chicago. The suit demands that the campaign committee and everyone associated with it refrain from playing the song in public. It also seeks monetary damages for an undisclosed sum.

The complaint states that the song, which is copyright protected, was played at a rally in support of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk that was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, without permission from the copyright owner, namely, Rude Music.

Frankie Sullivan, who is a founding member of Survivor, lives about 40 minutes outside Chicago in Palatine. “Eye of the Tiger” is an iconic song released in 1982 and co-written by guitarist Sullivan and keyboardist Jim Peterik. It was written at the request of writer, director and star and star of the movie Rocky III, Sylvester Stallone, to be the movie’s theme song. The song became number one on song popularity charts, and won a Grammy award as well as People’s Choice awards, and this information ws included in the suit.

The lawsuit states that the use of the song was no accident. “Mr. Huckabee is sophisticated and knowledgeable concerning the copyright laws, both as a private individual and media-savvy business owner,” it says.