The Future of Music Coalition is collecting network neutrality shout-outs from musicians, including R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Dead Presidents, and others on a new Web site.The group has long supported codifying network neutrality principles ( it launched Rock the Net in 2007). The FCC’s Democratic majority is proposing to do just that in a proposed rulemaking launched in October. read more
The content monitor ATT hired to remove inappropriate language from the webcast of Pearl Jam’s Lollapalooza show did not edit out 20 instances of curse words during the webcast.
ATT claimed it had hired the content monitor to remove curse words and other less than family oriented material from its “Blue Room” webcasts, but the content monitor instead silenced Pearl Jam’s anti-Bush lyrics. The revelation casts doubt on what exactly the role of the content monitors was during the webcasts. read more
Last week ATT admitted muting Pearl Jam’s political lyrics during its exclusive webcast of the band‘s Lollapalooza show on Aug. 5. ATT rightly apologized, said the silencing was a mistake by a content monitor, and claimed that the company “does not censor or edit performances.” ATT spokeswoman Tiffany Nels also told the Los Angeles Times that it uses the content monitors to block “excessive profanity.” read more
Washington – Last week AT&T admitted muting Pearl Jam’s political lyrics during its exclusive webcast of the band’s Lollapalooza show on Aug. 5. AT&T rightly apologized, said the silencing was a mistake by a content monitor, and claimed that the company "does not censor or edit performances." AT&T spokeswoman Tiffany Nels also told the Los Angeles Times that it uses the content monitors to block "excessive profanity." read more
Pearl Jam closed Lollapalooza in Chicago on Sunday night with what was by all accounts a rousing performance, but if you weren‘t there you didn’t see the whole show. According to a Pearl Jam press release, ATT, which had the exclusive rights to webcast Lollapalooza via its “Blue Room,” silenced a piece of video from its live webcast that featured anti-Bush lyrics.
During the song “Daughter,” Eddie Vedder sang “George Bush leave this world alone” to the tune of “Another Brick in the Wall.” When he repeated the line again and then sang “George Bush find yourself another home” the sound was muted, even though it can clearly be seen Vedder was singing. The editing was first discovered by Pearl Jam fans, who notified the band. read more
"It’s time for every musician in America to demand protection from the telecommunications companies and their ‘self regulation.’ We need strong net neutrality laws to protect the openness of the Internet, or our music, our views, and our freedoms will be as silent as the second half of the muted Pearl Jam song."
Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and musician Ted Leo helped launch Tuesday (March 27) "Rock the Net," a new nationwide campaign that aims to sign up artists, music labels, and fans from coast to coast in support of net neutrality. read more
WASHINGTON, DC – Future of Music Coalition is pleased to announce
that the Vitalogy Foundation will be donating $1.00 from every ticket
sold for Pearl Jam’s May 30, 2006 Washington, DC concert at the Verizon Center to fund FMC’s Artist Research Council. This donation is made possible by Pearl Jam’s effort to contribute a portion of its ticket sales to the Vitalogy Foundation in support of local charities. read more