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 activity.
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.
-- The Grateful Dead