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John Butler Vs Greek Yoghurt

News posted Tuesday, February 7 2012 at 11:00 AM.
Related: John Butler Trio, Jonti.

John Butler Vs Greek Yoghurt

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.



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anonymous  said about 2 years ago:

Its as close as John Butler's ever been to culture


ghoti-max  said about 2 years ago:

Different enough to get away with it I reckon


Mess+Noise  said about 2 years ago:

post of the year anon!


chimpassgimp666  said about 2 years ago:

post of the year anon!

+1


unvisible  said about 2 years ago:

...but not the closest he's ever been to live bacteria.


ghoti-max  said about 2 years ago:

live bacteria.

That's actually a pretty astute observation of John Butler as a whole actually


LovingTheAlien  said about 2 years ago:

greek yogurt with sexual interplay
a crap john butler song
john stamos getting head butted
cringe worthiness

thats a recipe for a great song right there.

i wonder how much off other peoples music has john butler ripped off...


Mess+Noise  said about 2 years ago:

Oikos Greek yoghurt have since responded. see above.


NiteShok  said about 2 years ago:

This is gonna set an international standard if they take legal action. Shades of the Men At Work / Kookaburra Sits In An Old Gum Tree saga.

Also, +10000000 points to anon for that gag.


yoghurt  said about 2 years ago:

On behalf of my Greek brothers at Oikos, Johnny B can officially get fucked.


Maximum Sincere  said about 2 years ago:

Generic riff, adapted by John Butler, then repurposed by a Yoghurt company. It's the cycle of life, surely.


steveholt  said about 2 years ago:

Hippies considering litigation? Kind of goes against the ethos of feral living doesn't it? Live and let live I say.


dazmurray  said about 2 years ago:

I hear Walk Off The Earth are preparing to cover this song and have five people eating from the same tub.


Dan_Crad  said about 2 years ago:

i wonder how much off other peoples music has john butler ripped off...

I bet he ripped off these guys.


Mess+Noise  said about 2 years ago:

I hear Walk Off The Earth are preparing to cover this song and have five people eating from the same tub.

two posts of the year in one thread. what are the odds?


Dan_Crad  said about 2 years ago:

Did anon himself plagiarise from Austen Tayshus's 1985 classic 'Lounge Lizard Live'?

''What's the difference between Queensland and yogurt? Yogurt's got an active culture.''

Hmmm... ;-)


Jacky_Chiles  said about 2 years ago:

steveholt said 1 hour ago:
Hippies considering litigation? Kind of goes against the ethos of feral living doesn't it? Live and let live I say.

You can't trust a hippy.


croozer  said about 2 years ago:

John Butler will still be rubbing organic yogurt into his vagina


Pelt and/or Holler  said about 2 years ago:

haven't read the article yet, but posting to say I'm firmly going for team Greek Yoghurt. If there's any foam hands / jerseys / team songs I can get my hands on, I'll be set.


Lozenge  said about 2 years ago:

If John Butler gets his dreads in a knot over some yoghurt advert ''ripping off'' his song Zebra then he's a bigger douche than I already thought he was.

Firstly, it's such a generic blues riff anyways - and secondly, HE ALREADY BLOODY RIPPED IT OFF JIMI HENDRIX.


slothman  said about 2 years ago:

great point lozenge. i'd also like to endorse the ''culture'' gag, above.


dazmurray  said about 2 years ago:

Lozenge - that's uncanny


Godzilla  said about 2 years ago:

if it's an old blues lick then I'm surprised Jimmy Page hasn't already claimed it.


Tramdriver  said about 2 years ago:

chimpassgimp666 said: post of the year anon!
+2


goingblank  said about 2 years ago:

What about that four-wheel drive ad which blatantly rips-off Ace of Spades?


noneabove  said about 2 years ago:

Firstly, it's such a generic blues riff anyways - and secondly, HE ALREADY BLOODY RIPPED IT OFF JIMI HENDRIX.

+1. I thought he'd ripped it off from Clutch, though. 'Open up the border' sounds like Butler sentiment.

Hippies considering litigation? Kind of goes against the ethos of feral living doesn't it? Live and let live I say.

Fezzas and hippies are the same to the untrained nose. Fezzas eat road kill and smell like wet dog. Hippies package road kill, label it organic, sell it for $39.95/kg, and smell like their parents' money. Butler is a hippy through and through.


livingincanada  said about 2 years ago:

either way. someone owns that riff and unless Oikos Yoghurt can find a Traditional public domain song with that riff they are going to have to cough up a publishing fee to whoever proves they wrote it.

If we really hated John Butler, we would take it upon ourselves to find that Traditional song for Team Oikos.


livingincanada  said about 2 years ago:

I mean surely there's a Huddy Ledbetter song with that riff in it. there's just gotta be!


PaulsGrandfather  said about 2 years ago:

anonymous

Its as close as John Butler's ever been to culture.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Lozenge  said about 2 years ago:

...either way. someone owns that riff and unless Oikos Yoghurt can find a Traditional public domain song with that riff they are going to have to cough up a publishing fee to whoever proves they wrote it. If we really hated John Butler, we would take it upon ourselves to find that Traditional song for Team Oikos.

If you had to point to an ''owner'' for that generic blues riff that's been recycled a billion times... I'd say it'd be Jimi Hendrix for that song 'Who Knows' that I posted a link above - not because he wrote it but because unlike some anonymous bluesmen, he layed down a track and likely had it copyrighted.

Even Jimi would concede he'd adapted a blues riff to write 'Who Knows' - but that's fine, it's part of the blues tradition to do so. I'm sure Leadbelly played a variation of it - but he too wouldn't claim it his own. All these traditional blues licks came out of the Mississippi Delta by unknowns who passed 'em on - they're for everyone.


livingincanada  said about 2 years ago:

right. Lozenge you are officially appointed as Team Yogi's Legal Counsel.

here take this. may the nang be with you.

hands Lozenge a balloon full of nitrous


NiteShok  said about 2 years ago:

ABC follows M+N's fine reporting style

Interestingly, they quote Patti Smith. Scoop!


NiteShok  said about 2 years ago:

Though I suppose M+N followed Herald Sun's fine reporting style.


anonymous  said about 2 years ago:

mx stole my joke for the their frontpage yesterday.

damn them.


NiteShok  said about 2 years ago:

Take 'em to court, anon.


livingincanada  said about 2 years ago:

mx stole my joke for the their frontpage yesterday.

one for the resume!


Godzilla  said about 2 years ago:

Interestingly, they quote Patti Smith. Scoop!

They quoted Patty Smith, whoever she is


NiteShok  said about 2 years ago:

The fuck! I swear to Ouroboros that it was 'Patti', spelt with an 'i', when I first linked it. Damn ABC editors, reading M+N comments and subtly adjusting their typos!


Lozenge  said about 2 years ago:

As an aside - does anyone else think John Stamos seems kinda creepy in that yoghurt ad?


anonymous  said about 2 years ago:

The fuck! I swear to Ouroboros that it was 'Patti', spelt with an 'i', when I first linked it. Damn ABC editors, reading M+N comments and subtly adjusting their typos!

its like that thing with that perth pj harvey review.


dazmurray  said about 2 years ago:

''All I can say is that John Butler Trio's version is infinitely better,'' said Patty Smith.

I can't understand this quote without reference to graphs. M+N please rectify.



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