Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Deadheads Outraged Over Web Crackdown

Grateful Dead's former lead singer, the late Jerry Garcia,
in Oakland, Calif., in 1992.

Image source: NYT / Kristy McDonald / AP

Jeff Leeds writes in The New York Times:

The Grateful Dead, the business, is testing the loyalty of longtime fans of the Grateful Dead, the pioneering jam band, by cracking down on an independently run Web site that made thousands of recordings of its live concerts available for free downloading.

The band recently asked the operators of the popular Live Music Archive ( to make the concert recordings - a staple of Grateful Dead fandom - available only for listening online, the band's spokesman, Dennis McNally, said yesterday. In the meantime, the files that previously had been freely downloaded were taken down from the site last week.


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