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AU Band Men At Work Owes Royalties On 'Kookaburra' 371

Posted by kdawson
from the that's-our-culture-they're-locking-up dept.
neonsignal writes "Iconic Australian band Men at Work have been ordered to pay royalties for an instrumental riff in their song 'Down Under.' The notes were sampled from a well-known children's song 'Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree,' written in 1934 for a Girl Guide's Jamboree. The Justice found the claims of the copyright owner Larrikin to be excessive, but ordered the payment of royalties and a percentage of future profits. Let's hope the primary schools are up to date with their ARIA license fees!"
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AU Band Men At Work Owes Royalties On 'Kookaburra'

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