Aussie judge rules that Men at Work lifted tune of “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree” for their own hit. Well yes, of course they did – I recognized the theme when the song came out in the 80’s, but so what? “Down Under” was as far removed from “Kookaburra” as I was from fourth grade music class when we first sang about that dumb bird. That’s how music grows – the band incorporated a song universally recognized as Australian and made up their own. I know nothing about Australian copyright law, but this is a crazy ruling from a perspective of common sense.