Submitted By Todd on July 6th at 6:32am
Men at Work has been ordered to pay five percent of their royalties from "Down Under" because they borrowed a riff from an Australian folk song.
The distinctive flute riff of the song was found to have been taken from the song Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gumtree. A judge in Sydney's Federal Court ruled that the band must relinquish the royalties, a sum that is expected to total several hundred thousand dollars, although an exact amount has not been specified to Larrikin Music, which owns the rights to Kookaburra. The figure is not expected to reach into the millions, because, under Australian law, compensation only dates back to 2002.
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