Band manager and guitarist John «Jay Jay» French said on January 2: «We have no idea who this guy is. This use is unauthorised, and we will do our best to stop it.»
Days later, Mr Snider tweeted that Mr Palmer’s party had contacted Universal Music «about licensing the song (which means they were aware that they had to) and were told the licensing fee», before they «went off and recorded it without a licence».
«They can’t even claim ignorance!» Mr Snider said.
He later wrote on Facebook that Mr Palmer had «received a legal notice form Universal Music to cease and desist from any further use» and accused him of having a «bull-in-a-china-shop approach to copyright laws».
In a statement on January 8, Mr Palmer said Twisted Sister’s song was based on the 18th century hymn O Come, All Ye Faithful and «others may have documented the instrumentation, but the melody was already present».
“As Twisted Sister never remunerated the original arranger, we do not understand how they have ever had any claim to its copyright,» he said.
Conservative politicians appear to have a particular affinity with the anthem, including Donald Trump who used the song during the US presidential campaign. Mr Trump initially had Mr Snider’s approval, but the singer later asked him to stop.
«I finally called him and I said, ‘Man, you’ve gotta stop using the song. People think I’m endorsing you here. I can’t get behind a lot of what you’re saying.’ He has not used it since,» Mr Snider told CNN in 2016.
The Federal Court dispute is listed for a preliminary hearing before Justice Alan Robertson on March 6. Universal Music and Mr Palmer were contacted for comment.