Men at Work Loses ‘Down Under’ Plagiarism Case

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  02.05.10 | 2:29 PM ET

An Australian court has ruled that the flute section in the catchy travel song was lifted from “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree,” another Aussie classic that dates to the 1930s. Frontman Colin Hay has issued an emotional dissenting statement in response. Here’s the song in question:

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

2 Comments for Men at Work Loses ‘Down Under’ Plagiarism Case

Gypsy Girl 02.09.10 | 8:27 PM ET

Thank you for posting that- it was fun to watch!

Eli 02.10.10 | 3:29 AM ET

What kind of kangaroo courts are they running down there?

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