In what should be a cautionary tale for Donald Trump, former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has agreed to pay Survivor $25,000 for the unauthorized use of “Eye of the Tiger” during a 2015 campaign rally.
In a lawsuit filed last November, Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan accused Huckabee of copyright infringement. The former Arkansas governor played “Eye of the Tiger” during a September 2015 event centered around Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis’ release from jail. Davis was imprisoned for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
According to EW, Huckabee claimed that the event was a “religious assembly,” allowing him to use the song under “non-commercial” fair use guidelines. However, that argument was thrown out the window after it was revealed that Huckabee had listed the event as a “presidential campaign expense.”
Ultimately, Huckabee settled with Sullivan out of court.