Thursday, February 04, 2010

News item: '80s hit Down Under copies kids' song: court

"Australian band Men at Work copied a well-known children's campfire song for the flute melody in its 1980s hit Down Under and owes the owner years of royalties, a court ruled Thursday. Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree was written more than 70 years ago by Australian teacher Marion Sinclair for a Girl Guides competition, and the song has been a favourite around campfires from New Zealand to Canada."

Click here to read the full report from CBC News.

Here's Down Under by Men at Work:

Here's a version of Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree:

What do YOU think? Personally, I don't hear it.

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