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Boy George manager complains about Clive Palmer's latest ad

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Musician Boy George's manager says Clive Palmer has infringed the copyright of Culture Club's 1980s hit Karma Chameleon, after altering the song for an ad.

Clive Palmer has spurned another musician in his attempts at a political comeback, with concerns he has infringed the copyright of Culture Club's 1980s hit Karma Chameleon.

Mr Palmer could face legal action over altering the song lyrics to "Palmer Chameleon" in a game which he is using to advertise the United Australia Party.

The latest stoush comes just one week after he allegedly ignored a cease and desist order from an American rock band over another 80s hit.

"Boy George's song and art would never be used to endorse any political campaign," the artist's manager Paul Kemsley told the ABC on Tuesday.

"I'm horrified at the treatment of one of the biggest-selling songs of all time."

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Lawyers for Boy George have said they pursue legal action against political hopeful Clive Palmer for his use of the singers hit song Karma Chameleon.
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Mr Kemsley says Culture Club's record label BMG will deal with the "clear copyright infringement".

However, a spokesman for Mr Palmer says the song is not relevant to copyright as it's being used as a parody.

"The game is also free and therefore has no commercial value," the spokesman told AAP.

The incident hasn't improved the political hopeful's spat with Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, who called Mr Palmer a "jackass" and "piece of dog s**t" on Twitter after their 1984 hit We're Not Gonna Take It was used in advert for Mr Palmer's political party.

But Mr Palmer last week said the song was a "rip-off" of the Christmas carol O Come, All Ye Faithful, calling on Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to cancel the frontman's visa ahead of his forthcoming Australian tour.

Just three days ago, Mr Palmer was in hot water for sending a series of unsolicited text messages to mobile phones across Australia.

The text messages, which appear to have gone out on Friday, spruik one of a variety of election promises depending on the recipient's location and include the line "make Australia great". 

The claims cover everything from a "fast train for Melbourne" to a "zonal taxation policy".

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