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Men At Work Star Blames Copyright Case For Double Tragedy


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In 2010, a judge in Australia ruled the flute solo in the song sampled parts of Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree, a tune written by a music teacher for the Girl Guides in 1934, and ordered Hay and fellow composer Ron Strykert to hand over their royalty payments.

They subsequently lost an appeal in 2011 which ended the long-running legal battle over the song, but the case took a tragic turn a year later (12) when Greg Ham, the musician who played the disputed flute solo, was found dead at his home in Melbourne, aged 58, after suffering a heart attack.

Hay also lost his father Jim during the legal tussle, and he is convinced the stress of the case contributed to their deaths.

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Gotye Slams Glee Version Of His Hit


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Gotye has slammed the 'Glee' version of his hit 'Somebody That I Used to Know'.

The Australian singer and multi-instrumentalist's track was featured on a the US TV show earlier this month, but he was less than impressed with the results.

He told Australia's The Sunday Mail newspaper: ''They did such a faithful arrangement of the instrumentals but the vocals were that pop 'Glee' style, ultra-dry, sounded pretty tuned and The Rock has no real sense, like it's playing to you from a cardboard box.''

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Hay Pays Tribute To Men At Work Bandmate Ham


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Men At Work star Colin Hay has led the tributes to his bandmate Greg Ham, who was found dead at his home in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday (19Apr12).

The body of a 58-year-old man was discovered at the musician's property in Carlton North, and Hay has been left devastated by his passing.

He says, "We played in a band and conquered the world together. I love him very much. He's a beautiful man. I'm hoping (his family) are receiving the love and support they need and deserve."

Hay also opened up about his fondest memories of his pal, recalling, "I met Greg Ham 40 years ago at (comedian) Kim Gyngell's house in 1972. Last year of high school. He had blond hair, rosy cheeks, ridiculous bright eyes. He was sharp, real sharp. We were friends from then on, we liked each other.

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'Men At Work' Flautist Greg Ham Found Dead, Aged 58


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Greg Ham, the Australian flautist, has been found dead at his home, aged 58. Ham was a member of Men At Work, an Australian troupe who gained considerable chart success both in their native Australia and abroad in the US and the UK. Aided by their smash single 'Down Under' - number one in 1981 in both the States and the UK - their debut LP 'Business As Usual,' released that same year, also went in at the top spot in both countries, going platinum in the UK and a phenomenal six times that in the US. Follow up LP 'Cargo' was also successful in both countries, going in at numbers eight and three respectively in the UK and US album charts, however 1985's 'Two Hearts' was more of a strictly Australian affair, though it did make 50 in the US.

Ham came under controversy for his flute line in 'Down Under,' with Men At Work having to face federal prosecution in 2010 after Australian courts found out that the melody was stolen from children's folk tune 'Kookaburra.' Their label EMI appealed against the ruling but lost, being forced to pay five per cent of royalties from the song since 2002 to 'Kookaburra's' copyright owners.

"At this point in time, because of the early stages of our investigation, we're not prepared to go into the exact details of what has occurred," police Detective Senior Sergeant Shane O'Connell told reporters, including the UK's Daily Telegraph.

Men At Work Star Ham Found Dead - Report


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Men At Work star Greg Ham has been found dead at his home in Melbourne, according to Australian reports.

The body of a 58-year-old man was discovered at the musician's property in Carlton North on Thursday (19Apr12), but police refused to confirm the identity of the victim as they continue an investigation.

Detective Senior Sergeant Shane O'Connell told reporters, "There are a number of unexplained aspects to it which has caused our attendance here today, and we're assisting the local detectives to determine what has occurred. At this point in time, because of the early stages of our investigation, we're not prepared to go into the exact details of what has occurred."

Ham, 58, who played flute on the band's most famous track Down Under, lived by himself and the body was reportedly discovered by friends of the star who had gone to his house to check up on him.

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Men At Work Appeal Request Denied


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Australia's High Court has ruled Men At Work will not be able to make a final appeal against a ruling which found them guilty of copying part of their hit track Down Under.

Last year (10), a judge in Australia agreed the flute solo in the song samples parts of Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree, a tune written by a music teacher for the Girl Guides in 1934.

The song's composers, bandmembers Colin Hay and Ron Strykert, were ordered to pay royalties to Larrikin Music Publishing, the company which owns the rights to Kookaburra, and their Emi record label had an appeal against the ruling turned down in March (11).

The case went to the country's High Court this week (beg03Oct11) and a three-judge panel has now decided another appeal will not be allowed.

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Men At Work Appeal Rejected


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Men At Work's record label bosses have lost their bid to overturn a copyright ruling relating to the band's 1980s hit Down Under.

A judge in Australia ruled last year (10) that the flute solo in the track samples parts of Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree, a song written by a music teacher for the Girl Guides in 1934.

The song's composers were ordered to pay Larrikin Music publishers, the company which owns the rights to Kookaburra, five per cent of Down Under's proceeds dating back to 2002, as well as royalties from future earnings.

Executives at music giant Emi appealed the ruling, arguing the riff was a form of tribute and the similarities had gone unnoticed for years, but the legal challenge has now been rejected by a three-judge panel.

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Ham Devastated By Down Under Ruling


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Men At Work star GREG HAM fears he'll be forced to "sell his house" to pay out royalties for their 1980s hit DOWN UNDER after the band lost a copyright battle over the song.

A judge in Australia has ruled that the flute solo in the track samples parts of Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree, a song written by an music teacher for the Girl Guides in 1934.

The song's composers, Colin Hay and Ron Strykert, will have to pay bosses at Larrikin music publishers five per cent of the song's proceeds dating back to 2002, as well as royalties from future earnings.

Flautist Ham, who receives a small percentage of the song's royalties, is devastated that his contribution to the famed track has been tarnished - and he worries the ruling will leave him broke.

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Men At Work Stars Ordered To Give Up Royalties


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A judge in Australia has ordered the songwriters behind Men At Work's 1980s hit DOWN UNDER to give up five per cent of the royalties from the song following a court battle over copyright.

Bosses at Larrikin music publishers in Sydney filed suit against bandmates Colin Hay and Ron Strykert, and the group's EMI record label, claiming the flute solo in the track sampled parts of Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree, a song written by an Australian music teacher for the Girl Guides in 1934.

The Federal Court ruled against the stars and their record label and ordered them to pay compensation, which could have amounted to up to 60 per cent of the song's income.

But a judgement released by Sydney's Federal Court on Tuesday (06Jul10) has revealed the stars will only have to hand over five per cent of the song's proceeds dating back to 2002, as well as royalties from future earnings.

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Record Label Bosses Appeal Men At Work Ruling


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Bosses at record label EMI have lodged an appeal against a court decision which ruled Australian rockers Men At Work illegally sampled a popular children's tune in their 1980s hit DOWN UNDER.

Bosses at Larrikin music publishers in Sydney filed suit, claiming the flute solo on the track sampled parts of Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree, a song written by an Australian music teacher for the Girl Guides in 1934.

Bosses at EMI and Sony BMG denied the claim but a Federal Court in Sydney ruled against them - ordering the companies to pay compensation, which could amount to up to 60 per cent of the song's income.

Now record chiefs are attempting to have the ruling overturned - they filed an appeal at the Federal Court in Sydney on Thursday (25Feb10).

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