As a former Grateful Dead tape trader I was mortified to see an article in Rolling Stone that the official licensing arm of the organization Grateful Dead Merchandising (GDM) was pulling all of the soundboard recordings off Archive.org , probably so they could license and sell the recordings to make a profit. This is lunacy considering these recordings were made with the explicit purpose of being copied and passed around to promote the band and the Dead Head culture. The only thing that has changed in the distribution model is that they are digitized and available on the internet now.
I think there is nothing more counterproductive. It is an ass-backwards use of technology aimed at breaking down the practice of community, of sharing, and replacing it with an i-pod. The live tape-trade was a staple of being a Dead Head. A great tape from a rare show, especially a soundboard tape, could get you food, tickets, and even a ride to the next show. They were a central part of a gift and barter economy back in the day and the disappearance of that economy does not diminish the value or cultural importance of tape-trading.
Thanks to Boing Boing.