SUPER BOWL AD JINGLE A JOHN BUTLER TRIO RIP-OFF?

February 7, 2012, 1:07 pmYahoo!7 Music

Uh oh. We smell a big copyright lawsuit brewing.

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WATCH: Do you think the jingle is a rip-off?


The parties involved are Aussie band John Butler Trio, and Oikos Yoghurt, a company that yesterday released a Super Bowl Ad for Oikos Greek yoghurt.

The Oikos Yoghurt ad aired to an audience of millions, with a jingle bearing more than an uncanny resemblance to the JBT song, 'Zebra,' which was released in 2003.

Management for JBT released a statement via Twitter and Facebook following the ad, saying: "Thank you everyone for making us aware of the Oikos Greek yoghurt TV ad that aired during the Super Bowl (today) featuring a song that sounds extremely similar to Zebra. John Butler and his management were not aware of this usage until yesterday, and we will be seeking advice as how to address the issue."

Listen to JBT's 'Zebra'

Oikos Yoghurt also released a statement just before 12pm today (AEST) via their Youtube page, in response to the unfolding drama.

"A question about the music in our Super Bowl commercial has been brought to our attention," the Yoghurt company said.

"We are working to fully understand and address the situation. We apologise for any concerns this has caused John Butler Trio's band members and fans."

An ad spot during Super Bowl Sunday in the US is rumoured to cost $3.5 million.

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  1. Damien J05:25pm Tuesday 07th February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Are you fing kidding. The notes are completely different. Can I copyright the different ways I tap my hands on my kness while riding the bus? Yes..it is similar..I get that...but it's not the same.....so you cannot claim copyright infringement. I'd love to see this go to court and have JBT brought to shame.

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  2. Dee05:23pm Tuesday 07th February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I laugh at the fact that the Yanks ripped it off thinking us dumb Aussies wouldn't find out about it. Cause you know, we're all the way down here in our dark little corner of the world, and we forget that the US is the centre of the universe...

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  3. expensive Brisbane, thanks Anna Bligh05:14pm Tuesday 07th February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The riff is nothing unique - not exactly "Smoke in the Water". JBT is influenced by blues so I wouldn't be surprised if they got the riff from some old blues tune.

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  4. Peter04:58pm Tuesday 07th February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    @Stephen, The melody and rhythm of parts of the flute solo in the Men at Work song are exactly the same as the kookaburra song, If you can't hear that you might just be tone-deaf. Yes, it is just that small part in the flute solo, but it is exactly the same, even in the same Key.

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  5. Sunny04:53pm Tuesday 07th February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Who cares about the Superbowl or gridiron anyway? It is a game for pussies. Real men play rugby or Aussie Rules.

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  6. Rod04:40pm Tuesday 07th February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Prime time soft porn?

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  7. Stephen04:34pm Tuesday 07th February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    That Men at Work song sounds nothing like "kookabuura sits in the old gumtree" yet we let these silly little men run around in court rooms, this add didn't go on long enough to be sued for copyright (probably why they did it)

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  8. SM04:29pm Tuesday 07th February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Lawyers at 20 paces!

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  9. Blah04:23pm Tuesday 07th February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Hell yeah it is...off to listen to the REAL version now.....

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  10. Ti-Fo04:21pm Tuesday 07th February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It was an awefull version of it too. Why didn't they just pay JBT for the real song?

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