Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Where women glow and men plunder

We sang "Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree" in grade-school music class, and it sounds as if Colin Hay of Men at Work may have, too. Last week a judge found the Aussie band guilty of copying the 75-year-old campfire song for the flute melody in "Down Under."

The publishing company that owns the rights to "Kookaburra" might ask for up to 60 percent of the royalties "Down Under" has earned since it hit the charts back in the early '80s, which could add up to millions of bucks. That's a lot of Vegemite.

Here's a great look at both songs from an Australian TV station. What do you think -- copyright infringement, or coincidence?

2 comments:

Ann (Miss Sweetstory) said...

It might have helped the case if the video didn't show Greg Ham playing the riff while sitting in a tree. (Admittedly, I don't think it's a gum tree he's seated in...)

Brian Bellmont said...

At least he wasn't dressed like a kookaburra.