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AT&T Admits Error In Censoring Pearl Jam Song

AT&T Admits Error in Censoring Pearl Jam

AT&T has come out and said it was wrong to censor a live Pearl Jam song that featured a pair of lines a pair of lines criticizing George W. Bush. Last weekend, AT&T streamed live performances from the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago through its Blue Room website. It was during Pearl Jam's performance that a pair of lines critical of President Bush, sung to the tune of Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick in the Wall,' were censored by an AT&T vendor.

The two lines, "George Bush, leave this world alone" and "George Bush find yourself another home," were edited out by a monitor who was supposed to block excessive profanity and nudity, but, according to AT&T, not political speech.

AT&T has said it is working with the vendor to avoid future confusion. It is also trying to acquire the rights to the full song so it can post the complete and unedited performance.

Meanwhile, you can find the full, uncensored webcast on Pearl Jam's official site. "What happened to us was a wake-up call, and it's about something much bigger than the censorship of a rock band," said the band on its website, where it urged citizens to learn more about and join the debate on Net Neutrality, the movement that wants to keep free and open access to the Internet (versus many Internet providers, including AT&T, that want to control which sites and services get download-speed priority).

From AOL News (AP)

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