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Clive Palmer ordered by court to pay $1.5 million in damages over Twisted Sister

Clive Palmer has a “Twisted Sister” that cost him $1.5 million.

Billionaire businessman Clive Palmer has been ordered to pay $1.5 million damages after a judge found he infringed the copyright of American rock band Twisted Sister’s song We’re Not Gonna Take It.

Lead singer Dee Snider contended Palmer used his band’s 1980s hit as inspiration for a song ‘Aussies Not Gonna Cop It’.

The music broadcast in a television advertisement for his United Australia Party in the 2019 federal election campaign.

But the businessman said the song was actually a rip-off of the Christmas carol O Come, All Ye Faithful.

In the Federal Court on Friday, Justice Anna Katzmann found in favour of Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd and ordered Mr Palmer to pay $1.5 million in damages.

Katzmann ruled Palmer had infringed copyright by “reproducing … a substantial part of those works in Australia without the licence of the applications”.

Snider had testified the use of his hit in a political ad campaign was “not good for my heavy metal image”.

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