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The early version of "Down Under" has a slightly different tempo and arrangement from the later Columbia release.The most well known version was then released on Columbia in October 1981 as the third single from their debut album Business as Usual (1981).
It eventually sold over two million copies in the US alone. The lyrics to Down Under depict an Australian man travelling the globe, who meets a number of people who are interested in his home country.Sinclair died in 1988 In the United States, the rights are administered by Music Sales Corporation in New York City.In June 2009, 28 years after the release of the recording, Larrikin Music sued Men At Work for copyright infringement, alleging that part of the flute riff of "Down Under" was copied from "Kookaburra".In 2007, on the ABC-TV quiz show Spicks and Specks the question was posed "What children's song is contained in the song Down Under?" The answer, "Kookaburra", a song whose rights were owned by Larrikin Music, resulted in phone calls and emails to Larrikin the next day.