Men At Work Musician Found Dead; Ridiculous Copyright Ruling Against Band Blamed
from the copyright-victims dept
Still, bizarrely, the Australian courts repeatedly ruled in favor of Larrikan. When Australia's High Court refused to hear the appeal, the awful appeals court ruling stood, saying that the song infringed, and 5% of its royalties belonged to Larrikan.
As a bunch of people are sending in, it appears that this story has a truly tragic ending, as Men at Work band member Greg Ham has been found dead -- with multiple stories suggesting that this particular case and the ruling completely destroyed his life:
"I'm terribly disappointed that that's the way I'm going to be remembered - for copying something..."Other reports say that he was so distraught over the ruling, he went back to using heroin and abusing alcohol. While he clearly had issues to deal with beyond this, it does appear that the ruling helped push him over the edge. That's really quite tragic.