Copyright troll hijacks hit song Down Under

Copyright troll Larrikin wins lawsuit against Men at Work for their inclusion of two bars of an old Australian popular melody in Men at Work's recording of Down Under. The copyright troll now wants 40-60% of the song's earnings.

Larrikin purchased the copyright to "Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree" specifically to extort people who make any use, even tangential, of this old, well-known Australian melody:
"It's earned a hell of a lot of money for us since we've bought it,'' Mr Lurie told The Age.
Another case of people who would leave the world better off if they were run over by a bus.


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