20 March 2012
Hit US sitcom How I Met Your Mother has had to provide a 'large payout' to an Australian band, after music fans discovered that one of their songs had been lifted for the show!
In fact, they've had to cough up twice. Once for the first offence, and a second time because the song was used again in a later season without the producers realising.
Tonk, who hail from Canberra, is the band in question, and they were alerted to the stolen song, after receiving a flood of messages on their Facebook page from fans congratulating them after hearing the track on the popular TV show.
"We just kept getting all these messages on our Facebook page -- people were saying 'oh congratulations, heard you guys on How I Met Your Mother -- that's amazing'," said drummer Tristan Davies in a recent interview with Triple J.
"We were trawling through all these episodes going 'what the hell are they talking about'... eventually someone said season six episode six and sure enough it was our song, but not us," he continued. "They've got the guitar tones pretty similar, the drum groove kind of similar."
After working out that the song had indeed been copied, Tonk realised that this could mean big things for the little band admitting "The exposure was great and we were blown away by the fact that they would even consider something that we'd done -- some sh*thouse band in Canberra that no-one's ever heard of."
The studio quickly admitted to the mistake and paid out a "large" amount of money -- more than they would have received had Fox done the right thing to begin with according to Tristan.
Props for getting noticed fellas!