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Mike Huckabee Sued for ‘Eye of the Tiger’ Use During Kim Davis Event

Survivor founding member claims politician infringed on the song’s copyright

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.