Record industry goes after people who downloaded Radiohead’s free record

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Radiohead In Rainbows

In a disturbing turn of events, the Record Industry Association of America is busting people who share copies of Radiohead’s 2007 release "In Rainbows," which was offered as a free download by the band.

According to a post on filesharing site TorrentFreak

Although some people think that the ‘In Rainbows’ album is still available for free, the free offer really only lasted a few months. After that, the revolutionary ‘pay-what-you-want’ model was traded in for traditional licensing schemes with major labels. [TorrentFreak]

Radiohead’s critically-acclaimed seventh studio album was distributed in hard copy form by Warner and Sony’s labels and, although the band is still self-releasing the record digitally, it is out of their hands what the corporations do to the consumer.

Luckily, and although several downloaders and sharers have received takedown notices, no one has been sued over "In Rainbows"… yet.