John Butler Vs Greek Yoghurt
News posted Tuesday, February 7 2012 at 11:00 AM.
Related: John Butler Trio, Jonti.
John Butler Trio’s management are seeking legal advice following the alleged plagiarism of a track in a commercial for a yoghurt company, the Herald Sun reports today.
The ad for Dannon’s Oikos Greek yoghurt, which aired to 111.3 million US viewers during yesterday’s Super Bowl, reportedly features a snippet of the opening bars of Butler’s 2003 single ‘Zebra’, not to mention a cameo from Full House star and former Beach Boy John Stamos. Butler’s management was alerted to the commercial via fans on Twitter.
“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,” management Tweeted. “John Butler and his management were not aware of this usage until (today) and we will be seeking advice as how to address the issue.”
Oikos Greek yoghurt have since responded to the claim on YouTube (as you do): "A question about the music in our Super Bowl commercial has been brought to our attention. We are working to fully understand and address the situation. We apologize for any concerns this has caused John Butler Trio’s band members and fans."
Ironically, Sydney beat whiz Jonti Danilewitz recently changed his name from Danimals to Jonti to stave off potential legal action from – you guessed it – Dannon.