New York Times – Defiant Downloads Rise From Underground
The protesters billed the event as “Grey Tuesday,” calling it “a day of coordinated civil disobedience,” during which more than 150 sites offered the album for download. Recording industry lawyers saw it as 24 hours of mass copyright infringement and sent letters to the Web sites demanding that they not follow through on the protest.
On Monday, I uploaded the various tracks (sorry, tracks 11 and 12 didn’t upload properly, I hope the 160-odd people looking for them were able to find them elsewhere) and, thinking this might bump up my data transfer a little, added what I thought was a generous five gigs. That ought to be enough.
This morning I got to work and found that my account had been suspended for excessive data transfer. I estimate around 960 tracks were downloaded from this site alone, plus some this morning which I’m not counting. (A number failed or people gave up.) I got four hundred and four referrals from greytuesday.org, so it wasn’t just the fault of regulars. Hello, any people who found this site there and are still reading… comment, go on, you know you want to.
There’s going to be a follow-up NYT article, which I contributed my figures to. I said in my email:
The Grey Album has cost me many times more than buying a CD, but the money’s not the issue. It’s creativity, and who gets to decide what the public domain is. I’m glad to have participated, as well as hopefully gotten some people to listen to some good hip hop.
I hope anyone who got tracks from this site enjoyed them, because I think it’s some cracking music frankly. If you still want to download, there are still links in the sidebar on the main page.