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Aboriginal artist sue US TV giant over Survivor music

Extract from, on July 3rd 2001.
Story by: By Lew Irwin, Studio Briefings

An Australian music company that specializes in recordings of aboriginal people has filed suit against the producers of Survivor, saying it received nothing for use of its music library during the recent Survivor: The Australian Outback.

Gene Pierson, managing director of Indigenous Australia told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. that his company was to receive on-air credit and a share of royalties from the sale of a compilation CD of the music. "We got nothing, no credit, there's no compilation, and we have just been taken for a ride," Pierson said during a talk show.

Musician David Hudson, whose performance on a native didgeridoo was heard during the series, said during the same program, "They've just taken us for a ride, they've exploited us big time and enough is enough. So if you want to play then you pay."



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