the Kookaburra case and what the decision means for musicians - MusicNSW

Last month the Federal Court of Australia found that the 1979 and 1981 recordings of Men At Work’s iconic Australiana anthem Down Under infringed the copyright of children’s classic Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree when they allegedly reproduced a couple of bars for a flute line. While EMI and Men At Work are appealing the decision the ruling establishes an interesting precedent for sampling and copyright in music in Australia.

What’s that mean for you, the music maker?

Arts Law and the Music Council of Australia (MCA) are teaming up to deliver a seminar on what this decision means for the musicians and the arts community in Australia.

A panel of leading lawyers will explain the recent court decision involving the Kookaburra song and Men At Work’s Down Under and its impact on musicians, followed by a Q&A session.

Speakers: Barrister Stephen Burley SC, Kate Haddock (Partner of Banki Haddock Fiora) and Andrew Wiseman (Partner at Allens Arthur Robinson, and director of Arts Law)

When: Thursday 18 March at 6.00pm – Registration from 5.30pm
Where: The Gunnery Building 43-51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo

Reservations required: $15/$10 concession – FREE for subscribers/members of Arts Law or MCA

Click HERE for registration form – please email or fax to or fax 02 9358 6475