BOY, CLIVE, YOU MAY BE IN FOR A BIT OF KARMA

The Courier-Mail - - FEDERAL POLITICS - MATTHEW KILLORAN

CLIVE Palmer may have money again, but he has been more than happy to bor­row other peo­ple’s work as he pro­motes his re­badged po­lit­i­cal party.

The con­tro­ver­sial min­ing mag­nate has pinched an­other ’80s pop hit – Cul­ture Club’s Karma Chameleon – in his lat­est pro­mo­tion for the United Aus­tralia Party.

Re­branded with the lyrics “Palmer Chameleon”, the song ap­pears in a free mo­bile game launched by Mr Palmer yes­ter­day. It fol­lows his on­go­ing bat­tle with Twisted Sis­ter, who claim he used their song We’re Not Gonna Take It in his po­lit­i­cal ad without per­mis­sion.

The Courier-Mail also re­vealed last week his po­lit­i­cal party’s con­sti­tu­tion is largely copied from the LNP, with slight changes to give Mr Palmer and his fam­ily in­creased power over the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The game fea­tures an an­i­mated Mr Palmer col­lect­ing bis­cuits, which his press re­lease re­ferred to as Tim Tams, and jump­ing on po­lit­i­cal fig­ures. Asked whether Mr Palmer had sought per­mis­sion to use the song, made fa­mous by Boy Ge­orge and Cul­ture Club, a spokesman said it was a “par­ody, not rel­e­vant to copy­right”.

The Courier-Mail con­tacted record la­bel BMG and game de­vel­oper Emu Wars Games for com­ment.

Twisted Sis­ter’s Dee Snider has said he would con­tact his le­gal team over Mr Palmer’s use of their song. PAUL WIL­LIAMS P20

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