Heavy metal band, Twisted Sister, has been awarded $1.5 million Australian dollars following its successful claim for copyright infringement against politician, and billionaire, Clive Palmer.
The claim arose following Palmer’s use of the band’s hit song during Australia’s 2019 federal election. Palmer had re-written the lyrics which resulted in the song being renamed to ‘Aussies Not Gonna Cop It”.
The Australian Court who made the ruling said that it was “fanciful” for Palmer to allege that his song was not derived from the band’s hit song.
The lead singer of the band tweeted after the Court issued the judgment that “WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT ANYMORE!”.
Obviously in this claim the matter proceeded to trial. However, in the Courts of England and Wales most claims for copyright infringement settle before proceedings are issued. It’s always important to consider alternative dispute resolution to resolve disputes amicably (to save both time and costs). However, there are cases, although a minority, where court action is required.
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