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Men at Work Loses Copyright Battle over 'Land Down Under'

Posted by ninjareaper14, Apr 22 2010, 10:27 AM
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Men at Work Loses Copyright Battle over 'Land Down Under'
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by Jordan Yerman | February 4, 2010 at 10:25 am
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* Men At Work - Land Down Under
* MEN AT WORK SUED FOR STEALING SONG - YOU DECIDE!!
* Colin Hay - Land Down Under

Men at Work lost a copyright case over the international hit "Land Down Under". Men at Work were sued by Larrikin Music, which owns the copyright to a song called "Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree", which was written by a teacher named Marion Sinclair for the Girl Guides in 1934.

Larrikin Music bought the rights to "Kookaburra" more than ten years after "Land Down Under became a worldwide hit. Before then, nobody argued that Men at Work plagiarized any elements for their song, a charge which Men at Work's band members continue to deny.

"It's a big win for the underdog," said lawyer Adam Simpson, who represents Larrrikin Music, which is owned by Music Sales, a multinational corporation.

"Land Down Under" is a core part of Australia's cultural identity, and was used during the closing ceremonies for the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Colin Hay is --- off, and rightly so.



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