Love is in the Air.. for Copyright

The songwriters behind the Australian hit song Love is in the Air (1977) have commenced proceedings against American electro pop duo Glass Candy (Kobalt Music Publishing Australia) and Societe Air France in the Federal Court.

Love is in the Air was written by Harry Vanda (aka Johannes Van Den Berg) and the late George Young. Boomerang Investments currently hold the copyright. The song was a huge success for singer John Paul Young.

It’s alleged that Glass Candy’s Warm in the Winter (2011) shares the lyrics “love is in the air” over the same melody along with the same chordal structure. There are however significant differences (pretty much the entire rest of the song).

Air France used Glass Candy’s song in the 2015 advertising campaign, France is in the Air and notably, they used the part of the song that it is alleged infringes copyright.

Love is in the Air was the theme song to Baz Luhrmann’s film Strictly Ballroom(1992), it was performed at the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and has enjoyed global success. It has been covered by Tom Jones (1979), Krush (1997) and Thomas Anders (2016) amongst others.

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