Looks like Mike Huckabee is about to experience the thrill of the legal fight — whether he wants to or not.
Former Arkansas governor and current GOP presidential candidate Huckabee is being sued for using the Survivor song “Eye of the Tiger” during a September appearance in support of controversial county clerk Kim Davis.
The suit, filed in federal court in Illinois on Wednesday by Rude Music — operated by founding Survivor member and “Eye of the Tiger” co-author Frank M. Sullivan III — claims that Huckabee violated the copyright of the song by allowing it to play when he escorted Davis, who famously refused to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples, from the Carter County Detention Center.
Rude Music claims that Huckabee should have known better because, as a “media-savvy business owner” as well as the author of more than a dozen copyrighted works, the politician “is sophisticated and knowledgeable concerning the copyright laws.”
The suit goes on to say that Huckabee’s 2008 campaign used the Boston song “More Than a Feeling” and was told to stop.
Huckabee’s campaign has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
The suit seeks unspecified damages.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.