Down Under (“I come from a land down under”) [music video, sung by Men At Work]

The song “Down Under” was written by Colin Hay and Ron Strykert; it was performed by Men At Work and included on their album “Business as Usual” (1981). It was later released as a single (1982), which became a #1 hit.

In 2009, some 28 years after “Down Under” was a hit, Larrikin Records sued for copyright infringement, for Men At Work using a background flute riff which was said to be derived from “Kookaburra”, the well-known children’s song written in 1932 by Marion Sinclair (who died in 1988). Although founded by Warren Fahey in 1974, Larrikin Records had been sold to Festival Records in 1995. The judge found in favour of Larrikin Records in this notorious case, awarding to them 5% of all past and present royalties of the “Down Under” song.

Men At Work – Down Under


References and further information:
Down Under (song)”, Wikipedia (accessed 30 October 2012)
Men at Work”, Wikipedia (accessed 30 October 2012)
David Leser. “The biggest hit”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 July 2012 (accessed 30 October 2012)
Alan Howe. “Court ruling broke tragic star’ heart”, Herald Sun, 20 April 2012 (accessed 30 October 2012)
Larissa Ham and Kim Arlington. “Kookaburra case: publisher hits back at Colin Hay’s ‘greed’ claim”, The Age, 5 February 2010 (accessed 30 October 2012)
Larrikin Records”, Milesago (accessed 11 March 2013)
Marion Sinclair – Kookaburra (song)”, Music Minder (accessed 30 October 2012)
Kookaburra”, Wikipedia (accessed 30 October 2012)

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