Mike Huckabee has agreed to shell out $12,500 for his unauthorized use of the hit record "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor during his presidential campaign last year.
The song — blasted over a loudspeaker as Huckabee led a rally for Kim Davis, the county clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples — was played for less than a minute.
That means Huckabee paid more than $200 for every second the record — which was the theme song of the Sylvester Stallone blockbuster "Rocky III" — was heard.
"We are happy to have the case settled," Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the former Arkansas governor's daughter and campaign manager, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Rude Music — owned by Survivor founding member Frankie Sullivan who co-authored "Eye of the Tiger" — sued Huckabee's campaign saying it violated copyright laws for using the song without permission.
Huckabee argued that the event was a non-political, religious assembly which was protected by the First Amendment.
According to Rolling Stone
, Sullivan sued former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in 2012 for playing the "Eye of the Tiger" at his presidential rallies. That lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed sum
"I do not like mixing rock and roll with politics; they do not go hand in hand," Sullivan told the magazine.
"Eye of the Tiger" was a huge radio hit in the summer of 1982, reigning in the No. 1 spot for six weeks on the Billboard charts.
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