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Thread #90351   Message #2834901
Posted By: JohnInKansas
10-Feb-10 - 09:40 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Kookaburra - possible copyright info.
Subject: RE: Origins: Kookaburra - possible copyright info.
There was a recent court decision on one of the well known Aussie tunes, possibly Kookaburra. A group included a break that "sounded like" the refrain in a new composition. The court ruled that they must pay "back royalties" for all recordings and all performances, to the tune (no pun intended) of some few hundred thousand dollars.

I believe the brief article appeared on the MSNBC news website about a week ago, but unfortunately I didn't save a note on it, and don't see it there now.

Does anyone have a better memory? (Or did anyone else see the same hallucination?)