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GRATEFUL DEAD STATEMENT TO MP3 SITE OPERATORS
The Grateful Dead and our managing organizations have long encouraged the
purely noncommercial exchange of music taped at our concerts and those of
our individual members. That a new medium of distribution has arisen -
digital audio files being traded over the Internet - does not change our
policy in this regard.
Our stipulations regarding digital distribution are merely extensions of
those long-standing principles and they are as follow:
- No commercial gain may be sought by websites offering digital files of our
music, whether through advertising, exploiting databases compiled from their
traffic, or any other means.
- All participants in such digital exchange acknowledge and respect the
copyrights of the performers, writers and publishers of the music.
- This notice should be clearly posted on all sites engaged in this
- We reserve the ability to withdraw our sanction of noncommercial digital
music should circumstances arise that compromise our ability to protect and
steward the integrity of our work.
Grateful Dead Sanctions Free MP3 Music Format
Decision Follows Action Against Commercial Web Site
MILL VALLEY, Calif., May 11, PRNewswire
In a major policy initiative by one of the nation's most enduring musical
groups, the Grateful Dead will, under strict guidelines prohibiting
commercial use, allow free Internet downloads of live performances taped by
their fans via the popular but controversial MP3 format, the group's
attorney, Eric Doney, announced today.
Doney, a partner in the firm of Donahue, Gallagher, Woods & Wood, said the
Grateful Dead is believed to be one of the first major bands to adopt a
policy that essentially endorses free MP3 music, a format some members of
the recording industry have strongly condemned.
The decision follows several weeks of discussion and review by the surviving
members of the Grateful Dead and includes strict and non negotiable
guidelines, Doney said. Furthermore, the announcement follows recent dispute
with the owners of a web site that posted MP3 files of Grateful Dead live
recordings for free download but received revenues from banner
"The members of the Grateful Dead feel this decision is important and far
reaching for both the band and their fans," Doney said. "This MP3 policy
continues the band's long tradition of allowing free access to and trading
of live recordings of their music and ensures that fans are not left with
"At the same time, the strict guidelines protect the Grateful Dead against
the very real threat of pirated intellectual property posed by the trading
and possible sale of MP3 files via the Internet."
Under the guidelines, any web site owner is free to post copies of the
group's live recordings made by fans as MP3 encoded files but may not derive
any form of revenues from the endeavor, Doney said. This means web site
operators may not charge for downloads, may not solicit any form of
advertising, may not post any type of banner advertisements and may not sell
email addresses or other data about fans downloading Grateful Dead music.
Only live recordings are sanctioned by this initiative, Doney said. The
Grateful Dead will continue to aggressively prosecute any web site operators
or any other businesses trafficking in Grateful Dead studio recordings,
which are protected under U.S. copyright laws, Doney said.
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