Men At Work "Down Under" Ruling May Force Flautist to Sell His Home

Men At Work 'Down Under' Ruling May Force Flautist to Sell His Home
After the band were ordered to pay five-percent of all royalties from "Down Under" to Larrikin Music Group yesterday (July 6), Men At Work flautist Greg Ham is worried he'll have to sell his home to make ends meet.

As Contact Music points out, Ham (who receives a small percentage of the song's royalties) is upset both because the track has been tarnished, and because of the financial troubles the ruling might cause him.

Ham told The Age, "It has destroyed so much of my song. It will be the way the song is remembered and I hate that. I'm terribly disappointed that that's the way I'm going to be remembered - for copying something."

He continued, ruing the financial effect the ruling will have: "I'll never see another cent out of that song again. We'll face massive legal costs. At the end of the day, I'll end up selling my house."

He added: "No one detected it. I didn't detect it and I played the fucking thing. I was looking for something that sounded Australiana - that's what came out - it was never 'Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree.'

"Music's always been about referring to what's already in our culture."

As we reported yesterday, EMI is seeking once more to appeal the ruling.