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Australian Commercial Uses World Famous Hungarian Song

Tamás Vaski 2021.03.08.

The original recording of a famous Hungarian song has been used in the commercial of an Australian bank, possibly without permission.

Westpac bank from Australia recently published an emotional advertisement about life’s complications, and how helpful a bank can be in any situation.

What stands out about the commercial to anyone with a foundational awareness of Hungarian pop culture Omega’s famous song, “Gyöngyhajú lány” (“The girl with pearly hair”), playing in the background.

Of course, the legendary chorus melody fits perfectly into the commercial, and the band’s singer, János Kóbor can even be heard singing in Hungarian.

Kóbor told Index that if the bank used the original song, not a rework of it, they are required by law to pay Origo the royalties.

A bank must have money for royalties. If they don’t, then this is a bank robbery – the bank robbed Omega. We might even have an opportunity for revenge, but that doesn’t mean we’ll go over there and rob them.”

“Gyöngyhajú lány” faced a similar situation in the past, when Kanye West used the original recording in his song, “New Slaves.” West used the recording without the permission of the producer, Hungaroton Records, or the original creators of the song, Gábor Presser and Anna Adamis.

Hungarian Rock Legend Gábor Presser, US Rapper Kanye West Settle Song Copying Lawsuit
Hungarian Rock Legend Gábor Presser, US Rapper Kanye West Settle Song Copying Lawsuit

American rapper and song writer Kanye West has reached an agreement with Hungarian rock icon and music author Gábor Presser to settle a lawsuit over his 2013 hit single “New Slaves”, news portal index.hu reported via pagesix.com. As we reported previously, Presser claimed that roughly one-third of Kanye’s 2013 single was copied from his band Omega’s hit song […]Continue reading

Kóbor said that in these situations, the two parties usually come to some sort of an agreement with regards to payment, and the issue is settled.

In the featured photo illustration,  Omega’s János Kóbor (right) and György Molnár (left) perform at the Papp László Arena in Budapest on November 8, 2019. Featured photo illustration by Balázs Mohai/MTI