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Guilty as charged!

With a lyrics like ‘Buying bread from a man in Brussels, he was six-foot-four and full of muscles’ and ‘I said, do you speak-a my language? He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich’ you’d think that Men At Work’s ‘Down Under’ can only be an original piece of work. Well, according to the law, nope, it’s a rip-off.

In 2010, Men At Work were ordered to pay 5% of all royalties after the judge found that the flute riff from ‘Down Under’ was plagiarised. The Australian band have since appealed claiming that the riff was a homage to folk tune 'Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gumtree', but a judge has once again ruled that they indeed, steal it.

It’s unknown how much money the band will now have to fork out for the theft, although Larrikin Music, which owns the rights to the original song have asked for 60% of the band’s profits.

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