R.E.M., JACKSONBROWNE and MOBY have joined forces in an effort to halt a corporate takeover of the Internet by big telecommunications firms like Verizon and Google.
The three acts, the Roots, Bonnie Raitt and Rosanne Cash are among the musicians and writers urging America’s Federal Communications Commission officials to “act immediately to secure Net neutrality and a free and open Internet and protect the future of music.”
The Federal Communications Commission is meeting right now, and net neutrality isn’t on the agenda.
But don’t tell that to R.E.M, Bonny Raitt, Moby or the public interest group Free Press.
Musicians are asking fans on Twitter, Facebook and fan sites to tell FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to proceed with an order on how Internet service providers treat content on their networks. Those musicians, with Free Press, MoveOn.org Political Action and Future of Music Coalition, launched the campaign as the agency takes comments until early November on a net neutrality rule. read more
Many of the biggest names in music have joined with the Writers Guild of America East to urge the White House and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to act immediately to secure Net Neutrality and protect the future of music. The diverse list of musicians include; Jackson Browne, R.E.M. the Roots, Rosanne Cash, OK Go, Moby, Bonnie Raitt and Jamie Kitman, the manager of OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Doughty, and Mike Viola. read more
Two days after Lady Gaga lost her fight for changing “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” in the U.S. Senate, musicians including Bonnie Raitt, Rosanne Cash, Jackson Browne, R.E.M., the Roots, Ok Go and Moby are joining the Writers Guild of America East for another Washington policy fight.
This time it’s for net neutrality. The singers and bands are joining MoveOn.org and the Future of Music Coalition in urging Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski to move forward.
The groups have written a letter to Genachowski and also have launched Facebook and Twitter activities urging the FCC to act.
[…] “It’s been 10 years since Napster, and now we have some perspective,” says Thomson, of the Future of Music Coalition. She says the industry’s efforts to preserve old rules of the business - by limiting digital copies and pursuing people who downloaded music illegally - have failed.
“They had some success, but they can’t get back to the point where there’s forced scarcity. Before 1999, where could you buy records? You could buy them at the store, and you could hear them on the radio. The Internet changed all that.” […]
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