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Musicians Demand the Internet Stay Neutral 203

eldavojohn writes "124 bands — including R.E.M., Sarah McLachlan, and Pearl Jam — and 24 music labels are sending a clear message to keep Net traffic neutral. The Rock the Net campaign wants all traffic to be equal instead of allowing providers to charge a fee for certain pages to load faster than others. These musicians are the latest to join the Save the Internet campaign, which has the chair of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet in its camp. Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., spoke at the campaign's kickoff. I think it's obvious that musicians (especially independents and small labels) will find themselves with the short end of the stick if they are asked to pay a fee to have their music streamed as fast as larger bands or even corporations."
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Musicians Demand the Internet Stay Neutral

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  • Re:Well, if REM (Score:5, Informative)

    by Zontar_Thing_From_Ve (949321) on Thursday March 29, 2007 @10:11AM (#18527799)
    Considering that R.E.M. essentially is a corporation, I think it's funny that here they are being portrayed as fighters for the independent musician against the corporate machine.

    You obviously don't know their history or it would make perfect sense to you. R.E.M. got their start on I.R.S. Records, which was an independent label. It was a large and successful independent label, but this was largely through good management that signed a lot of really good bands at the time. R.E.M. was the kind of band that the majors wouldn't have touched in their early days, but they toured and built up a following on the college circuit and eventually signed a major label contract and became big stars. However, without I.R.S. Records, probably nobody outside of Athens would have ever heard of them.
  • (Score:2, Informative)

    by Spudtrooper (1073512) on Thursday March 29, 2007 @10:14AM (#18527823)
    P.S. - Here's the cable company's mumbo jumbo. []
  • Re:Why the big fuss? (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 29, 2007 @10:21AM (#18527897)
    It's done by satellite you brain surgeologist, you.
  • Re:Well, if REM (Score:2, Informative)

    by shotgunsaint (968677) on Thursday March 29, 2007 @10:39AM (#18528155)
    I'm a HUGE Manson fan and I can't think of one song that decries capitalism. He definitely goes after the disaffected youth market though, it's what we call his bread-and-butter.
  • Re:Well, if REM (Score:2, Informative)

    by skorbutrage (983250) on Thursday March 29, 2007 @10:43AM (#18528203)
    Since I am a member of the R.E.M fan club, I get the fan letters, in these Michael Stipe has repeatedly stated his preference for net nutrality, the band as a whole took interest long before many others did, so I'm not quite sure why that is news, although publicity is always good, especially on a place like slashdot.
  • Re:Well, if REM (Score:3, Informative)

    by k_187 (61692) on Thursday March 29, 2007 @11:09AM (#18528561) Journal
    Just off the top of my head, from 'The Beautiful People': Capitalism has made it this way, Old-fashioned fascism will take it away It presumably taking about the eponymous beautiful people and society's desire to be like them.
  • Sign the Petition (Score:2, Informative)

    by jimbojw (1010949) <> on Thursday March 29, 2007 @01:45PM (#18530867) Homepage

    The article references the Rock the Net campaign, which has an Online Petition [] you can sign.

    Unfortunately, it appears to be down - I get this stacktrace when I try to sign it:

    java.sql.SQLException: [Macromedia][SQLServer JDBC Driver][SQLServer]Arithmetic overflow error converting IDENTITY to data type tinyint.
    at macromedia.jdbc.base.BaseExceptions.createExceptio n(Unknown Source)
    at macromedia.jdbc.base.BaseExceptions.getException(U nknown Source)
    at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.TDSRequest.processEr rorToken(Unknown Source)
    at macromedia.jdbc.sqlserver.tds.TDSRequest.processRe plyToken(Unknown Source)

    Can anyone else get through? Does this mean that the table is totally full?

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