‘Down Under’ In Court
Men At Work were in a Sydney court to argue over the flute tune on the Australian band’s global chart topper “Down Under.”
Larrikin Music publisher, which owns the copyright to 1930s Australian children’s song “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree,” contends the band borrowed from the melody.
Men At Work argue that its use was subliminal and that the riff was not a selling point of the song.
Larrikin, which wants 40 percent to 60 percent of income from the song’s earnings, insists it is.