Imagine Newt Gingrich in Rocky 3 ... the gray headed
politician slugging it out with Mr. T, Survivor's theme song, Eye of the Tiger, playing (but with the
lyrics a little different):
It's the eye of the Newt
It's the thrill of the fight
Risin' up to the challenge
Of our Romney
The weak attempt at lyricism aside, Newt Gingrich and the
song are now attached at the legal hip. In a recent complaint, founding Survivor
member, Frank M. Sullivan III (d/b/a Rude Music), has sued Mr. Gingrich for
infringing Eye of the Tiger's copyright.
According to the complaint, Mr. Gingrich has infringed the copyright by
attending conferences and events with Eye of the Tiger playing over the PA
system. These conferences and events include:
In addressing willfulness, the complaint highlights Mr. Gingrich's
copyright knowledge by underscoring his extensive personal copyright holdings. It then follows up with the critical comments he made regarding the Stop Online Piracy Act.
The complaint reads:
Mr. Gingrich is sophisticated and
knowledgeable concerning the copyright laws, both as a private individual and business
owner, and as a former elected official. According to the records of the United
States Copyright Office, Mr. Gingrich is the author or co-author of over forty
copyrighted works. During his tenure in the United States House of Representatives,
the Copyright Act was extensively amended. Mr. Gingrich is chief executive
officer of Gingrich Productions, Inc., a Washington, D.C. multimedia production
company that features the work of Mr. Gingrich and his wife, Callista Gingrich.
Through Gingrich Productions, Inc., they have produced historical and public
policy documentaries, produced photographic essays, written books, and recorded
audio books. According to election disclosure filings, Mr. Gingrich earned between
$500,000 and $1,000,000 from Gingrich Productions, and in a recent interview,
he estimated that he could have sold could be "hundreds of thousands."
Moreover, Newt 2012 also has a legal team. Finally, at a recent debate in South
Carolina, Mr. Gingrich criticized the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act, stating,
"We have a patent office, we have copyright law. If a company finds that it has
genuinely been infringed upon, it has the right to sue...."
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