December 1st, 2005

Chris Keeley

Grateful Dead to Allow Free Web Downloads


Grateful Dead to Allow Free Web Downloads

By DAN GOODIN, Associated Press Writer1 hour, 2 minutes ago

What a short, strange trip it was. After the Grateful Dead angered some of its biggest fans by asking a nonprofit Web site to halt the free downloading of its concert recordings, the psychedelic jam band changed its mind Wednesday.

Internet Archive, a site that catalogues content on Web sites, reposted recordings of Grateful Dead concerts for download after the surviving members of the band decided to make them available again.

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Fans eager to explore the varying versions frequently built large collections of shows spanning the band's 30-year career. The band even encouraged recording of their live shows, establishing a cordoned section for fans to set up taping equipment.

Representatives from the Internet Archive didn't immediately return a telephone call seeking comment Wednesday.


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