'Eye of the Tiger' Cost Huckabee $25K
He didn't get permission from the band before using it
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2016 2:51 PM CDT
In this Jan. 31, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at Inspired Grounds Cafe in West Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

(Newser) – Mike Huckabee played "Eye of the Tiger" at a rally last year while he was running for president, and the move cost him $25,000, CNNMoney reports. Huckabee, who played the Survivor song at a rally for anti-gay-marriage Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, didn't get permission from the band and didn't pay for the rights, so Rude Music (the company owned by the Survivor guitarist who co-wrote the song) sued Huckabee's campaign for copyright infringement. The suit was settled out of court.

The confidential settlement was discovered because Huckabee listed the $25,000 "legal settlement [for] copyright infringement" as a campaign expense on federal election records. Half of it was paid in May, listed as an "itemized disbursement." That and the other half, listed as "debts and obligations," appear on a June 20 filing. Before settling, Huckabee argued in courts that the rally was a religious event, thus allowing him to play the song under fair use rules. But, since Huckabee claimed the rally as an expense for his campaign, that idea didn't hold up.