(CelebrityAccess) — Former Arkansas governor and perennial Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee agreed to pay $25,000 to settle a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan after Huckabee played their hit "Eye of the Tiger" at a rally he staged in support of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis. Davis briefly became a celebrity for the conservative set after she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, citing religious objections.
While the settlement was officially secret, Huckabee's payments were revealed as part of his federal election filings, in which he listed a payment to rightsholder Rude Music as a legal settlement for copyright infringement, CNN reported.
Huckabee had previously argued that the rally was a religious gathering and that the performance of the song was protected by fair use and "non-commercial" but his argument was not supported by the court after he claimed it as a campaign expense. – Staff Writers