Mind you, I'm a big fan of musicians getting paid for their work, and consequently I'm against web sites that illegally share music for free that the artist wants to be paid for. After all, it's our livelihood.
And then there's the Grateful Dead. Deadheads the world over (I'm not a member of that club but have admired their loyalty) have flocked to their concerts and followed them on the road. The band always encouraged them to tape, and share, their live gigs. It was part of the sub culture, part of being a "Deadhead". They even cordoned off areas by the mixing board for those who wanted to tape the gig. It was all part of their peace, love, and sharing vibe.
So you can imagine my surprise a few minutes ago when I read an article in the New York Times that the band is now demanding that a web site no longer make Grateful Dead concert recordings available for download and sharing. It seems that the band now has a site selling downloads of their live concerts, and don't want them given away and shared anymore.
Hey, it's their music to do with as they please. However, for a band who was all about social issues and commentary, peace and love, not becoming part of the commercial machine (and for several decades, at that), well, hypocracy is the only term that my thesaurus can find.
All just a sign of the times, I suppose. I wonder if it will ever become trendy again to stand by what you believe in? One wonders what Jerry Garcia would have thought of this...