Grateful Dead backtracks on download ban

Facing criticism from thousands of fans, the Grateful Dead appears to have backtracked on recent moves to deter people from trading free copies of concert recordings over the Internet.
After consulting with the legendary jam band, a nonprofit group that distributes the group’s music online had restored the audience recordings for downloading and streaming on Thursday.
The organization, called the Internet Archive, also made available the Grateful Dead’s “soundboard” recordings, which the band sells on its own site, but only for streaming.
Internet Archive had removed the recordings from its site after the Grateful Dead’s business managers complained recently. The move caused an uproar among the band’s fans. Thousands signed an online petition condemning the band and pledging to boycott all Grateful Dead merchandise. The crackdown appeared to be a sudden reversal by the band, which reportedly had long approved of fans trading homemade concert tapes.
Grateful Dead backtracks on download ban | CNET