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'Eye of the Tiger' writers: Kim Davis did not have permission to use song

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Kim Davis introduced to a crowd of supporters outside the Carter County Detention Center on Sept. 8, 2015. (WDRB photo) Kim Davis introduced to a crowd of supporters outside the Carter County Detention Center on Sept. 8, 2015. (WDRB photo)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It was the song that blared over the loudspeakers in front of the Carter County Detention Center on Tuesday afternoon as embattled Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis emerged from the jail to greet hundreds of supporters.

But the co-authors of the song, "Eye of the Tiger" from the musical group Survivor say Davis did not have permission to use the song and they have contacted their publisher in order to issue a cease and desist.

Co-written by the founder of Survivor Jim Peterik and guitarist Frankie Sullivan, the song served as the theme song for “Rocky III."

“I was very surprised and dismayed at the misuse of the song I co-wrote with Frankie Sullivan for Rocky lll,” Peterik said in a statement given to Billboard Magazine. “The song has motivated thousands through the years to reach beyond their limits. Its use for the release of Kim Davis does not support my views or my politics. I have contacted my publishers to make sure this usage is stopped immediately.”

Sullivan also voiced his displeasure over the song being used at the rally, writing on Facebook: "We did not grant Kim Davis any rights to use 'My Tune -The Eye Of The Tiger.' I would not grant her the rights to use Charmin!"

Hundreds of supporters greeted Davis as she was released from jail, six days after she was found in contempt of court for failing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex and straight couples. 

"Thank you all so much," Davis said amid smiles and tears. "I love you all so much. I just want to give God the glory, his people have rallied and you are a strong people. We serve a living God who knows exactly where each and every one of us is at. Keep on pressing, don't let down."

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