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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Better take cover (here come the lawyers)

Sony BMG and EMI are currently facing legal proceedings from a group who claim that the Men at Work classic, Down Under is a rip off of the equally classic Australian children's song, Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree.

By the way, if you ever wanted to design a way cool bird, you would give it a raucous laughing call, a fervent disregard for the welfare of snakes, and a tendency to hang out on your balcony. Countries that don't have kookaburras really ought to have a long hard look at themselves.

(More kookaburra trivia: the noise used by Flipper the dolphin is actually a kookaburra call on fast forward.)


blogstrop said...

I suspect that both the bird and the song are out of copyright.

Zardoz said...

The lawyering business must be mighty slow in the Land of Oz if they have time to dredge up something like this. And just how were the Girl Guides harmed???