[LINK] Kookaburra gets last laugh in Men At Work case
kim at holburn.net
Tue Jul 6 12:57:31 AEST 2010
> Kookaburra gets last laugh in Men At Work case
> Men At Work have been ordered to pay royalties. (www.bmusic.com.au)
> Men At Work have been ordered to pay 5 per cent of royalties for
> plagiarising part of their 1980s hit Down Under.
> In February the Federal Court ruled the iconic Aussie band
> plagiarised part of the song, which was penned in 1979 but only
> achieved worldwide success after a flute riff was introduced to the
> track two years later.
> Larrikin Music said the band stole the riff from the children's song
> Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree.
> Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree was written by Melbourne teacher
> Marion Sinclair for a Girl Guides jamboree in 1934 and has been sung
> by generations of Australian children ever since.
> Larrikin owns the rights to the song and has been seeking
> compensation from Men At Work frontman Colin Hay and fellow
> songwriter Ron Strykert as well as Sony BMG and EMI.
> At one point, Larrikin sought up to 60 per cent of the song's
> profits as compensation.
> Today a judge described that request as "excessive".
> Instead Men At Work has been ordered to pay Larrikin 5 per cent of
> future profits, as well as profits dating back to 2002.
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