USA: Clear Channel is censoring Bruce Springsteen


This is a video of Bruce Springsteen‘s Radio Nowhere; the new single. Its lyrics are here.

From Crooks and Liars blog in the USA:

Clear Channel is attempting to silence Bruce Springsteen

By: John Amato on Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 at 3:30 PM – PDT

Here we go again. The Dixie Chicks redux! Bruce has the #1 record in all the land called ”Magic,” but Clear Channel has sent out a memo saying:

Alas, there’s a hitch: Radio will not play “Magic.” In fact, sources tell me that Clear Channel has sent an edict to its classic rock stations not to play tracks from “Magic.” But it’s OK to play old Springsteen tracks such as “Dancing in the Dark,” “Born to Run” and “Born in the USA.”

Republican owned corporate media once again is attempting to silence progressive positions. I’m trying to contact Springsteen’s camp for a comment.

Howie Klein has much more:

Clear Channel is a big-time and very consciously right-wing power player with a goal of changing American pop culture. They have done all they could to stifle progressive voices and to dumb down and trivialize the culture.

New Springsteen and Steve Earle CDs: here.

The passing of Clarence Clemons, the longtime saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, on June 18 deserves a comment: here.

More Clear Channel censorship: here.

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  1. WHO OWNS FREEDOM? WHO OWNS ART?
    TutoK’s Statement of Support for Neo-Angono Artists’ Collective

    In solidarity with Neo-Angono Artists Collective, the artists of TutoK express their indignation at the censorship of the mural on the History of Press Freedom, commissioned by the National Press Club (NPC), and ironically defaced and revised shortly after the same mural was installed and transferred to the NPC’s custody. The mural unveiled on October 26 on the 55th Anniversary of the NPC was changed without the artists’ consent.

    Our initial reaction was that of lament. This act would be deemed unexpected of an institution representing a profession that we hold in high esteem. In the interest of social responsibility, artists, like writers and journalists, are practitioners of creative craft in the service of truth and the pursuit of justice. As the mural aptly means to depict, the history of the struggle for press freedom is not the struggle of press and media people alone, but the struggle of a nation seeking freedom from imperialist and fascist bondage. Sadly, what should have been a pictorial vista affirming NPC’s place in history in union with past and more recent heroes and martyrs for freedom’s cause has been besmirched, defaced and censored by the NPC leadership itself by its smug and misinformed claim–that since it has commissioned and paid for the mural, it has the absolute right as owner to change it and ultimately decide on its fate. The NPC leadership is in effect saying that it’s nobody else’s business because it is their property.

    Two fallacies come to surface in the NPC leadership’s feeble defense. First, it denies that it committed censorship, and insists on calling it an act of alteration. Was it just pure whim on their part to authorize the painting over of the International Federation of Journalists’ statement on behalf of press freedom against the implementation of the anti-terror law? Why erase the news on abduction of Jonas Burgos? Why did it try to disguise or change names and personages integral to the artist’s depiction of past and progressive crises on the right to free expression? The NPC leadership conveniently denies that the so-called alterations– hurriedly implemented right before the launch graced by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and right after an ocular inspection by the Presidential Security Group– are connected to the said events. NPC president Roy Mabasa insists that no one influenced their decision.

    Indeed, there is no censorship in the Philippines. Authorities lash against criticism in the most furtive ways; there will always be minions to do the dirty work. If we are besieged by extra-judicial killings and abductions at large, NPC’s current leadership has enacted the killing and abduction of the constitutional right to freedom of expression by hiring other artists to deface the work of the Neo-Angono artists.

    The next fallacy manifests itself in the NPC leadership’s invocation of its authority, presented in news reports as expressions of magnanimity. NPC director Joel Sy Egco asserts that: 1) the alterations are not permanent and will not harm the artwork; and 2) the alterations were not meant to offend and therefore the artists have not been harmed. These statements would have us believe that the issue is simply a contractual dispute between Neo-Angono and the NPC.

    Who owns the mural and who gets to control what it should speak of eventually, and for all posterity? This is the reductive question being posited by NPC in its defense. The answer is clearly stated in the Intellectual Property Code (IPC) of the Philippines. What applies to writers and other authors and creators of original works clearly applies to Neo-Angono. The collective and its artist members alone have the right to revise the artwork as a whole or by parts, unless the artists themselves elect to disclaim or assign that right to others in writing. The law applies even if the artwork has been bought or paid for by an owner. It therefore follows that the owner of an artwork is expected to act as custodian of the artist’s right and is committed to protect the original integrity of the artwork once the artist or artists declare it has already been created and done. The sum of 900,000 pesos for an 8 by 32-foot mural becomes even more paltry given the NPC leadership’s reckless notion that the amount paid entitles them to violate the law.

    Chapter X, Sec. 193.3, under the Law on Copyright in the IPC states that the author of a work has the right to:

    “To object to any distortion, mutilation or other modification of, or other derogatory action in relation to, his work which would be prejudicial to his honor or reputation”

    These and other rights are guaranteed and binding under laws on copyright, and need not be declared in contracts and registrations. The Philippines is a signatory to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, and is therefore bound to the rule that the artist’s moral and economic rights to his work is automatically in force upon creation,locally and internationally, even without being asserted and declared, and will continue to be applied up to fifty years after the creator’s demise.

    Having clearly violated the rights of the Neo-Angono Artists Collective, the NPC leadership must account for a larger moral affront in the public realm: that of being complicit in the gagging of free expression and the distortion of an expressed facet of our own history. Claiming not to take sides does not give NPC the license to silence and censor what is meant to be expressed. Otherwise, it should not have commissioned a mural on the history of press freedom and should have opted for something safe and decorative to grace the wall of its Headline Restaurant. The NPC as a senior organization of journalists should be the bastion of ethical practice and the protection of universal human rights. The freedom of the press is staked not on its practitioners alone but on the freedom of everyone, and it only follows that it entails great responsibility.

    Neo-Angono Artist Collective’s assertion that it stands firm, that it will not back down, that it will not agree to any change in what its artists have painstakingly researched and expressed is already a declaration of responsibility. We artists and citizens look in askance as to when the current leadership of National Press Club will take a similar act of responsibility.

    TutoK
    November 4, 2007
    tutoKarapatan@gmail.com

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