Remember when Radiohead released In Rainbows and told fans they could pay what they wished for initial downloads of the album? Well, that honeymoon period ended a long time ago, and now anyone sharing the album online illegally could potentially face some stern words from music industry officials.
The Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) and International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) have set their sights on bloggers who are hosting In Rainbows and a number of other albums, and have sent Google a letter asking them to disable the accounts of anyone providing free access to a long list of releases.
The full letter and list of records can be viewed over at Chilling Effects, which comes with the warning: "These recordings are owned by one of our member companies and have not been authorized for this kind of use." It will be interesting to see if Radiohead themselves comment on this matter, considering how vocal they have been in support of such practices in the past, but right now there are likely to be some very nervous bloggers out there.
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