Court tells Men at Work to pay royalties for copied flute riff in global hit ‘Down Under’ | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Court tells Men at Work to pay royalties for copied flute riff in global hit ‘Down Under’

A judge ordered Australian band Men at Work on Tuesday to hand over a portion of the royalties from their 1980s hit “Down Under,” after previously ruling its distinctive flute riff was copied from a children’s campfire song.

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The cost to the image of the commercial music image greatly exceeds the actual dollar amount of this lawsuit. With only so many notes available to the human ear, replication of riffs is inevitable and the threat of lawsuits for a riff will force composers to intentionally not the most pleasant melody line for their work but the most bizarre and discordant!

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