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From: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2008 03:29:30 +0200
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From: Earthly Delights <earthly.delights@virgin.net>
Date: 2008/8/31
Subject: [Fwd: [Sanlist] Net Neutrality in the UK]
To: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>

I dunno about promoting the CD, but the issues raised may be of interest

hello there

i'm currently working with the Future of Music Coalition to help
promote their 'Rock The Net' campaign

aimed at promoting awareness of the issues surrounding net neutrality
amongst the music industry.

they released a CD in the States to raise funds for the campaign
earlier this year, and it is out in the UK this week.

we have a couple of journalists keen to cover the story but they need
a UK angle and all the people we've been working with on this and the
artists on the CD are US based

is there anyone on this list who feels qualified to chat about the
issue, or could even recommend any established, well know artists who
are interested in this issue and would be willing to be interviewed?

oh and just to make it more pressing the deadline is today! i've
copied the press release below





Cruising The Information Superhighway; Leave It In Neutral

•        Net Neutrality Under Threat

•        AIM Back 'Rock The Net' Awareness Campaign

•        Artists Collaborate On Benefit Album Featuring Wilco, Bright
Eyes, They Might Be Giants

You're probably reading this as an email, sent out from our office
though various wires across a variety of exchanges, and finally
popping out at the other end onto your desktop, laptop or mobile
phone, all thanks to the wonders of the internet. This is the same
internet that lets independent bands and record labels compete on a
level playing field with the big corporations and enables music fans
to experience an infinitely broad range of music — from shiny plastic
pop to Peruvian thrash metal and Appalachian folk.

Sounds great doesn't it? A new digital frontier where an artist's
access to the public isn't dependent on the depth of their pockets and
where broadcasting and distribution isn't solely beholden to focus
groups and the concerns of advertisers. We know what the alternative
looks like. In the US, radio listeners were driven away by a payola
system where the major labels paid up to $500,000 to get an artist
played. The internet promised a clean break from an increasingly
homogenised entertainment landscape.

Unfortunately, not everyone values the internet's level playing field.
Certain telecoms and cable companies would like to charge content
providers higher fees for faster delivery on their sites. The result
would be an internet where those who couldn't afford to pay up would
be stuck in the slow lane. Many artists could lose an important
connection to their fans, while listeners might find their access to
their favorite acts severely compromised. Tests of one ISP, Comcast's
broadband service by the Associated Press found that the network
operator was blocking access to lawful content legally distributed on
peer-to-peer networks by interrupting connections between users'

Thankfully, this virtual land grab can still be prevented. The Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) have just ruled against Comcast
ordering them to stop interfering with legal internet traffic whilst a
bill currently working its way through the US Congress seeks to
enshrine net neutrality in law, and is supported by companies like
Google, as well as several artist organisations. But the telecoms and
cable companies are aggressive and well-funded, which makes the fight
to preserve the open internet all that more urgent. US organisation
Future of Music Coalition's Rock The Net campaign aims to promote
understanding of this issue within the music community and keep it
alive in the minds of legislators.

To raise money and awareness for the campaign, Future of Music
Coalition has joined forces with Thirsty Ear Recordings to produce a
15 track CD, Rock the Net: Musicians for Net Neutrality. The disc
features tracks from artists including Wilco, Bright Eyes, They Might
Be Giants, Portastatic, Aimee Mann, Guster, Matthew Ship, Palomar, The
Wrens, DJ Spooky, BC Camplight, David Bazan, David Miller, Free Form
Funky Freqs and The Classic Brown.

The CD is released in the UK on August 25th, available in all good
record shops. The outcome of US legislation will likely impact the
survival of Net Neutrality around the world, which is why the
Association of Independent Music is adding its weight to the UK

Net Neutrality isn't about illegal downloads, P2P sites or copyright
infringement, nor does it condone or promote the unauthorised
distribution of music, videos or software. In the words of Eric
Schmidt, CEO of Google, net neutrality is about an internet "where
anybody – no matter how large or small, how traditional or
unconventional – has equal access." Or to quote Tim Berners-Lee who
cooked up the internet in the first place, "It is the basis of a fair
competitive market economy. It is the basis of democracy, by which a
community should decide what to do. It is the basis of science, by
which humankind should decide what is true. Let us protect the
neutrality of the net." Net neutrality is crucial to creativity and
commerce online, and is the on-ramp to a legitimate digital music

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