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Huckabee sued for using “Eye of the Tiger” at Kim Davis rally

Posted at 12:17 PM, Nov 19, 2015
 Rowan County Clerk of Courts Kim Davis holds her hands in the air with her attorney Mat Staver (R) and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee in front of the Carter County Detention Center on September 8, 2015 in Grayson, Kentucky. Davis was ordered to jail last week for contempt of court after refusing a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Rowan County Clerk of Courts Kim Davis holds her hands in the air with her attorney Mat Staver (R) and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee in front of the Carter County Detention Center on September 8, 2015 in Grayson, Kentucky. Davis was ordered to jail last week for contempt of court after refusing a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A songwriter of the hit song “Eye of the Tiger” is suing Mike Huckabee for playing the tune at a rally following Kim Davis’ release from jail.

Rude Music – which is owned by Frankie Sullivan, co-writer of the song – filed a lawsuit against Huckabee’s campaign on Wednesday for copyright infringement in federal court in Illinois.

The lawsuit charges the former Arkansas governor allowed the Grammy-winning song to be played publicly at a campaign appearance supporting the county clerk who gained national attention after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The Huckabee campaign said it would not be “bullied.”

“Mr. Sullivan is demanding an amount of money that exceeds the average yearly salary of a hard-working American simply because a snippet of his song was played briefly at a rally,” Huckabee spokeswoman Alice Stewart told CNN Thursday. “The campaign offered Mr. Sullivan fair compensation, but that offer was rejected. We refuse to be bullied.” RELATED: Band unhappy with use of ‘Tiger’

Sullivan, a founding member of the band “Survivor,” had previously sued Newt Gingrich for using the hit song in his 2012 race for the White House.

The popular song was theme song for the movie “Rocky III” and eventually won a Grammy, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims Huckabee was aware that he was committing copyright infringement.

“Artists’ complaints of candidates’ unauthorized use of their songs have become an election-year staple. According to news reports, in 2008 the founder of the band Boston demanded that Mr. Huckabee’s presidential campaign stop playing the Boston hit “More Than a Feeling” at his events,” the suit said.