LOS ANGELES, CA Friday Aug.10.2007 /netmusiccountdown.com/ --
AT&T caused an uproar when the company censored certain lyrics of Pearl Jam's live Lollapalooza webcast on Sunday August 5th.
AT&T bleeped lead singer Eddie Vedder during a cover of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall." The frontman sang, "George Bush, leave this world alone" and "George Bush, find yourself another home," but those lyrics were never heard at AT&T's Blueroom.
AT&T said the bleeping was "a mistake by a Webcast vendor" and that it went against their policy. "We have policies in place with respect to editing excessive profanity, but AT&T does not censor performances. We very much regret that this happened in the first place."
AT&T added that they are "working with the band to post the song in its entirety."
A statement on PearlJam.com reads: "In the future, we will work even harder to ensure that our live broadcasts or webcasts are free from arbitrary edits."
However, this is only the first step for groups like The Future of Music Coalition (FOMC), an organization that aims to protect free speech online through "net neutrality" laws.
FOMC head Jenny Toomey says, "This event shows that companies like AT&T will risk the appearance of censorship by turning off the sound on a webcast that's being viewed by thousands of people, just because it works counter to their financial interests. What do you think they will do to protect their financial interests on the web when no one is looking?"
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