Antipodean popsters Men at Work scored a hit stateside in 1983 with their ode to meeting people from Australia “Down Under.” 26 year later they’re being sued by Larrikin Publishing, who claim that the song steals the flute riff from “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree,” written in 1934.
Marge: We have them in America. They’re called “bullfrogs.”
Clerk: What? That’s an odd name. I’d have called them “chazzwazzers.”
– the Australia episode of The Simpsons
Larrikin Publishing bought the rights to “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree” in 1990. (Disclaimer: the following is speculation) Now they’re trying to make money any way they can in the financial apocalypse. Someone noticed that the flute riff was a little similar to “Down Under.” Cue lawsuit.