Since then the internet has erupted in widespread and passionate public outcry, generating tens of thousands of emails & phone calls. Protestors have encamped in front of the FCC building for six days straight. Musicians, actors, comedians and other creative professionals are raising their voices. The independent label community (represented by the American Association of Independent Music) has once again come out swinging in favor of protecting the online playing field, joining a broad array of activists, organizations and companies.
This year’s Future of Music Summit, held from Sunday to Tuesday in Washington, D.C., had its usual mix of intelligence and meaningful discourse.
The appearance of Senator Al Franken, who once drew a map of the lower 48 in under two minutes on Letterman, seemed to have piqued reporters’ interest in the annual event and received the most media coverage. But other speakers and topics received coverage as well, and here are some places you can go to read and hear what was said.
If you missed the conference, you may have caught its webcast from the Future of Music Web site. Even busy people who only occasionally tuned into the webcast were treated to great commentary from political and business leaders.
Today (December 18, 2008), more than 100 groups, unions, musicians, bloggers and media and technology leaders sent a letter to President-Elect Barack Obama calling on his administration to appoint leaders who will reform the media and protect the open Internet. FMC (and members of Pearl Jam and R.E.M.) were among them.
web.illish.us — the multifaceted event series to support net neutrality — continues tonight with Episode II: Digitalove. web.illish.us is a partnership between realizePhiladelphia and FMC, with proceeds going to our Rock the Net campaign for net neutrality. The events take place at Silk City in Philadelphia on the third Wednesday of the month through February 18, 2009. read more