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Take Cover: Judge Rules Men at Work Must Pay Royalties on ‘Down Under’

If the flute solo on “Down Under” (the No. 1 hit on which Men at Work praises its homeland “where beer does flow and men chunder”) is instantly evocative for you, it was even more familiar to Larrikin Music, the company that holds the rights to “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree.” Larrikin said that song, written by Marion Sinclair in 1934 for the youth organization Girl Guides, was the source of the flute solo. Justice Peter Jacobson of Australian federal court agreed and said that EMI Songs Australia and the authors of “Down Under,” Colin Hay and Ron Strykert, must pay the publisher 5 percent of the royalties they made from the song since 2002 and from any future earnings.

via Take Cover: Judge Rules Men at Work Must Pay Royalties on ‘Down Under’ – ArtsBeat Blog – NYTimes.com.

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