A simple tweet from visiting UK scratchologist DJ Yoda at the Volt Festival two weekends ago (above) caused a flurry of activity within the Hungarian blogosphere and news portals over the last two weeks. As several blogs and index.hu reported, the simple 137 character message provoked comment and outrage from many at the actions of MAHASZ (Association Of Hungarian Record Companies) and VPOP (Customs & Excise) agents who were present at the festival checking for illegally downloaded music. Fortunately for the Star Wars inspired DJ the dark side of copyright enforcement didn’t target him, instead concentrating their wrath on the Hungarian DJs present at the festival.
The resulting furor amongst the commentariat has caused no end of grief for “music industry expert” Zsolt Jeszenszky (above right), head of the DJ Association and spokesman for ProArt (Association of Author’s Rights). Along with fielding questions from the media all week and being asked to cancel his appearance at his own DJ Association’s workshop at the recent Balaton Sound Festival, Jeszenszky has also come under fire from many of the DJs he seeks to represent.
He has generated a great deal of opposition to his organization, which seeks to reintroduce a DJ exam, which was originally a communist-era test for judging the technical proficiency and moral rectitude of DJs. Of course, the new exam will hopefully not be judging DJs on their morality, especially as the DJ Association includes female DJs who perform topless and a DJ who calls himself Nigel Snorter.
The extravagantly coiffeured, Slovakian-licensed car driving representative of Hungarian pop music has also been making several defamatory statements against his not so green skinned antagonist. Implying that DJ Yoda is a thief and openly calling him a szárhazi on radio, Jeszenszky seems to have overlooked his own past copyright misdemeanor.
That is not exactly what one would expect from someone who says he is acting to protect the intellectual property rights of others, but then again he is well-connected and therefore unlikely to give a damn about what laws he himself infringes upon, so long as he can get away with it and continue to create his “music mafia”, as many choose to describe it.
There is, however, a silver lining to this cloud: if Jeszenszky chooses to lie low for a while, maybe we won’t have to listen to his inane commentary at next year’s Eurovision song contest or his atrocious taste in music.
Story courtesy of Józsi.