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Did AT&T Scrub Pearl Jam Performance?

That’s the question that the group is asking on its website after a performance at Lollapalooza on Sunday night.

A live webcast that was sponsored by AT&T was missing certain lyrics.

According to the group, “When asked about the missing performance, AT&T informed Lollapalooza that portions of the show were in fact missing from the webcast, and that their content monitor had made a mistake in cutting them.”

Unfortunately for AT&T, the mistake came in the form of hyper-political comments. They were lyrics sung during the performance of “Daughter” and sung to the tune of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall.”

One was, “George Bush, leave this world alone.” (the second time it was sung); and the other was “George Bush find yourself another home.”

Pearl Jam is holding the case up as an example of the perils of media consolidation and why greater protections are needed to ensure greater freedom on the Internet.

Or perhaps it is the inevitable miscommunication in corporate bureaucracy.

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