Thursday, February 25, 2010

OF KOOKS & KOOKABURRA

Here's an update on the Kookaburra Krisis.

Loyal readers might remember a couple of months ago when I blogged about an Australian music publishing company suing Colin Hay and Ron Strykert of the early '80s Aussie band Men at Work claiming copyright violation. The owners of the copyright of the song "Kookaburra" -- yes, the kiddie song about the bird who sits in the old gum tree you might have learned at summer camp -- claim The Men stole their song by using two bars of it in an instrumental section of their hit "Down Under."

I thought this probably was some kind of nuisance suit. So I nearly choked on my vegemite sandwich when I learned the Evil Doers actually won their suit!

MAW's record company, EMI, is appealing according to ABC News, which put me in the position of rooting for a major record level.

As Benjamin J. Grimm would say, "What a revoltin' development."

Here's the NPR story that first alerted me to this.

Hey, Larriken Music, why don't you do something constructive and sue Barney the Dinosaur?

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