Numlock News: May 3, 2021 • Chlorine, Mars, …

By Walt Hickey Welcome back! Twisted Sister An Australian mining industrialist has been ordered to pay Universal Music and Twisted Sister $1.5 million (USD) after using a mediocre rewritten version of the Twisted Sister song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” for multiple advertisements during the 2019 Australian election without paying for the rights. Over the course of the trial, Clive Palmer also ticked off the judge by claiming that he had written the song based on an 18th century hymn, later described by the court as “ludicrous” and “fanciful.” As a result, $500,000 (AUS) in damages and $1 million (AUS) in additional damages is due to how flagrant the infringement was. Dee Snider, the frontman of Twisted Sister, provided evidence in the case about the writing of the song, and the whole thing started when the mining magnate declined to pay a comparatively reasonable $150,000 for the license fee.

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