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Abba stars sue Denmark's far-right

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 23 Sep 2010, 07:15

Published: 23 Sep 2010 07:15 GMT+02:00

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Andersson, who last year donated a million kronor ($145,694) to aid the EU election campaign of Sweden's Feminist Initiative, has reacted angrily to the Danish anti-immigrant party taking liberties with his copyrighted material, reported news agency TT Spectra.

"They can bugger off," Andersson told the agency.

Björn and Benny's hit song Mamma Mia is the source of their anger after it given a revamp by the Danish People's Party youth league in honour of the party leader, Pia Kjærsgaard.

The young nationalists amended the text to "Mamma Pia" and gave the leader a rousing rendition at the party congress, but declined to seek the permission of the Swedes first.

"Firstly, you can not just re-write songs as you like and secondly we want them to understand that we have absolutely no interest in supporting their party," said Benny Andersson.

The multi-millionaire artists have now instructed their record company Universal to pursue legal action against the party.

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Pia Kjærsgaard recently visited Sweden to support the campaign of the Sweden Democrats, speaking at a rally in Höganäs in Skåne. The party has been held up as something of a model for the party, but is not something that the former Abba stars want to be associated with.

"Abba never allows its music to be used in a political context. This is something that we have pointed out to the Danish People's Party," Andersson said to TT Spectra.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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09:28 September 23, 2010 by peterjames.org
Kudus to Benny & Björn for taking a stand! I also cheer Benny's comments about the Swedish Democrats as well as supporting the Feminist Initiative. This matter is akin to the backlash that Sen. John McCain felt when he tried to play songs by John Mellencamp, Bon Jovi, and Jackson Browne during his 2008 Presidential Campaign rallies. Those artists did not share the Senator's ideologies and therefore denied the use of their work for McCain's promotional use.
09:54 September 23, 2010 by "green Swede"
I don't support the far right but this seems over the top.The dane's didn't write anything down, publish ,record or sell the very mildly amended text,this is akin to visiting every major football ground in the world on a weekend and preeching copyright to every football fan present.Tthe majority of football chants derive from recorded songs etc.It seems to me the abba boys are out to make some political capital of their own.
12:03 September 23, 2010 by rugla
Well said Green Swede, could not agree more!
21:55 September 23, 2010 by DavidtheNorseman
Benny and Bjorn are world famous for vigorously defending their copyrights....odds are if the feminist party had used their music without paying they'd be being sued too...:-)
00:13 September 24, 2010 by dizzymoe33
Good for Benny and Bjorn they should sue to protect themselves.
22:17 September 26, 2010 by J Jack
Firstly giving a million sek to the feminist initiative is reckless and secondly putting up such a fuss over such a crappy song is incredibly vain. Don't tell me Benny that you never used any ideas from other songs for your own in the name of inspiration.
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