This is proving to be quite an interesting and developing story for heavy music fans who hate Aussie politicians. Long story short, Trump wannabe Clive Palmer reworked the Twisted Sister song ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It‘ for his Palmer United Party‘s political ads. Frontman Dee Snider found out about it and called him out, threatening to sue, Clive threatened to counter-sue the band and told him/the band to “stay out of Australian politics…”
Got no interest in Australian politics @CliveFPalmer @PalmerUtdParty …unless iut involves plagiarism, misappropriation of creative property & my artistic rights. Stay away from my song, I'll stay away from your politics. As @Silverchair once sang…"Wait 'til tomorrow!" https://t.co/naYbOFV3Mz
— Dee Snider (@deesnider) January 2, 2019
Well, today Mr Snider has revealed that Clive Palmer and co. allegedly contacted their publishing company, Universal Music Group about licencing the song and were told there’d be a fee involved, but, they went on and recorded the song without that licence. Idiots!
Oh it's worst than that! @CliveFPalmer @PalmerUtdParty contacted my publishing company @UMG about licensing the song (which means they were aware that they had to) were told the licensing fee…THEN WENT OFF AND RECORDED IT WITHOUT A LICENSE! They can't even claim ignorance! https://t.co/dLAfOhCWLi
— Dee Snider (@deesnider) January 3, 2019
Regardless of the fact the lyrics are (barely) changed, the instrumentals and sound of the reworked garbage theme that the Palmer United Party has put out is in clear violation of copyright and the fact they knew they had to pay a fee in order to use the song in the first place, means Clive doesn’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to his counter-sue threats.
If we were Dee Snider and the band, we’d be laughing so hard at these developments which just get funnier every day. Hold up, we’re out of popcorn, be right back…