The Hollywood Reporter, Esq. blog notes that an Australian judge has ordered the band Men at Work to pay royalties for its unauthorized use of a children’s song in the band’s 1980s hit “Down Under.” In February, the court ruled in Larrikin Music v. EMI Songs Australia that the flute riff to the song infringed the copyright in “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree.” The BBC has a helpful side-by-side comparison of the two works. EMI is appealing February’s decision.

The Copyright Infringement Project (sponsored by UCLA’s Intellectual Property Project and Columbia Law School) has more on this case here. You can download February’s infringement decision here (pdf).


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