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'Men At Work' -- Plundered 'Down Under'

2/4/2010 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

This is going to blow your mind -- but the people who wrote "Down Under" ripped off the melody in their 80s hit from the classic campfire song, "Kookaburra" ... this according to a new court ruling.

'Men At Work

An Australian judge just ruled that "Men at Work" owe a Fosters-size can of royalties to the music company who owns the rights to the 70-year-old song.

If you've ever been to summer camp -- it's all starting to come together now.

So far the band isn't talking.

"You better run ... you better take cover."

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Hutch    

This is like popping a zit with a friggin hand grenade. The royalties sought is more damaging than the damn flute solo ever was.

1687 days ago
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jacquie    

Kookaboora, not Koombaya. Sigh.

1687 days ago
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Audrey    

This is just ridiculous. Those two songs sound nothing a like at all. And, why did it take them so long?

1686 days ago
19.

ll    

NO MERIT..............THEYLL WIN ON APPEAL JUDGE DOESNT HAVE A CLUE!!!!!

1686 days ago
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