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Australian Politician To Pay Over $1 Million In Damages Over Unauthorized Use Of TWISTED SISTER Song

The defense was kinda pathetic.

Australian politician Clive Palmer reworked Twisted Sister's 1984 classic "We're Not Gonna Take It" into a campaign theme for himself titled "Aussies Not Gonna Cop It" in 2019. The only problem is that Palmer never got the rights to use the song from Universal Music, and now owes the group AU$1.5 million (roughly $1.1 million in USD) in damages.

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According to The Guardian, federal court justice Anna Katzmann ruled that Palmer's rendition was a "substantial" reproduction of the Twisted Sister classic. One of the best excuses Palmer tried to give as to how the song was not a ripoff was that Twisted Sister stole it from the hymn "O Come, All Ye Faithful", so they're actually the thieves.

"I do not accept that Mr Palmer honestly believed at any relevant time that his use of the copyright works was lawful," said Katzmann.

Even better, a representative for Palmer said the campaign originally tried to get the rights to the song but didn't want to pay the AU$150,000 fee. Because apparently, it's better to wait two years and then pay tenfold.

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