A Waste? Alabama To Pay $75K To Use ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ On Signs
In Birmingham, they love the governor.
And in Montgomery, they love the song enough to dish out some big bucks to use it to promote the state.
In a move raising some eyebrows, Alabama has agreed to a five-year deal to pay $75,000 to Universal Music to use Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” song title on state line and welcome center signs, according to the Associated Press.
Alabama will pay an additional $61,000 to make the signs.
Not everyone in the cash-strapped state is thrilled by the expenditure.
It’s amazing how we magically have the $$ for this crap,but not to give our Educators a pay raise . Alabama pays… http://t.co/Lv7fARm8Ob
— Michele (@seachele420) July 25, 2014
And one Alabama radio host raises a fair question about Universal Music, which owns the trademark.
Why don’t we charge Universal Records 75K for using the word Alabama and call it even? http://t.co/ZvLeH0hiie
— Sean Sullivan (@fmtalk1065) July 23, 2014
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