By Amanda Wicks
Survivor’s Frankie Sullivan is seeing a big payday thanks to Arkansas’ former governor Mike Huckabee. The politician will pay $25,000 for copyright infringement over use of Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” during a September rally celebrating Kim Davis. She’s the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.
Rude Music, Frankie Sullivan’s company, sued Huckabee in November for using the song without first paying to do so. Sullivan was reportedly upset that his song was being associated with an anti-LGBT message.
Huckabee and Rude Music eventually settled privately out of court, but the exact payment came to light when Huckabee submitted his campaign spending information to federal election records, according to CNN. As of May, he has only paid half the settlement.
When Huckabee went to court to fight the lawsuit, he argued that the event was a religious assembly and not a political rally, which would have given him fair use of the song.
The 2016 presidential campaign has been especially charged with candidates using songs that artists don’t want associated with their message. The list of artists who have been fighting politicians over their song use is a particularly long one, including REM, Adele and more.