Songwriter Sues Gingrich for Using 'Eye of the Tiger'

The composer said Gingrich used the song without permission since 2009

By Lisa Balde
|  Thursday, Feb 2, 2012  |  Updated 7:46 AM CDT
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A popular '80s song is about to feel the thrill of the fight.

Frankie Sullivan, the Chicago-born composer of "Eye of the Tiger," is suing Newt Gingrich for using the Survivor song during campaign events without permission.

Sullivan sued the Republican presidential candidate Monday in federal court, claiming Gingrich used the copyrighted "Rocky III" anthem since 2009 during rallies and events.

Sullivan composed the song in 1982 with fellow Survivor member Jim Peterik. He copywrited it the same year.

The suit seeks to prevent Gingrich from using "Eye of the Tiger" and asks for damages and attorney fees.

During an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Sullivan said the injunction isn't about politics, calling the anthem his legacy and life. He wouldn't comment on Gingrich's politics.

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