Well, what has happened with the Grateful Dead on the Internet Archive? The band has withdrawn permission for downloading soundboard recordings of their concerts. Why? Their take on it is the safeguarding of their intellectual property. Basically, they want to assert their rights to sell these live recordings, because the Dead are, well, dead. There are wives and children and grandchildren and investors and whatnot who want to protect their right to the profits from any soundboard recordings out there, even if these were arranged by people outside the band. For now audience tapes are not affected by this.
I feel pretty let down by all of this, as I really enjoyed downloading and listening to these recordings. I fear it won't be long before these folks start clamping down on audience recordings as well. I tell you what, I am not going to shell out cash for Grateful Dead Productions' mix CD's or pay for downloads on itunes. The band had something unique going, and now they have taken a giant step towards conformity with the dominant commercial culture of the day. As more and more of the old guard dies out or sells out, more of these moves will go down. In 20 years there will be nothing that sets this band apart from any other band. There certainly won't be any more live shows to give them any credibility. Anyway, this is the most I have written about anything on this site, and it is probably the most I will ever write. I will probably erase it later. That is about all I can say. Maybe I will become a Christina Aguilera fan.