Writers Of 'Love Is In The Air' Sue Over Alleged Plagiarism
It's considered one of the greatest Australian songs of all time, and now the writers behind John Paul Young's classic 'Love Is In The Air' are claiming that the song has been ripped off and are now planning legal action.
Harry Vanda and the estate of the late George Young are suing American band Glass Candy for their 2011 song 'Warm In The Winter'.
They are also taking action against France's national air carrier Air France for using the song in a 2015 advertising campaign called, France is in the Air.
JOHN PAUL YOUNG - LOVE IS IN THE AIR
The case was filed in the Federal Court just before Mr Young's death in late October.
The copyright owners of the song, Robert Albert's Boomerang Investments, Mr Vanda and Mr Young allege the song features the same line 'Love is in the Air' as in the original song, Love is in the Air.
The melody in which that line is sung is also alleged to copy that of the JPY hit.
GLASS CANDY - WARM IN THE WINTER
Justice Nye Perram said "The applicants say that Warm in the Winter contains the same line Love is in the Air as the applicants' song and that, in effect, the melody for that line is also the same," Justice Perram said.
"There is also some evidence that the subsequent chordal structure of both songs is the same," Justice Perram said.
"I have listened to both songs and doing so arguably supports that view. I am satisfied, therefore, that there is a prima facie case."