Originally posted by popmarter:[..]
It might sound all nice and generous with them sharing music for the fans blah blah blah but in the end what they are doing is illegal and try using your argument in court and see how far it gets you ,GnR have pursued bootleggers who have shared live audio and studio recordings as have many other artists such as Metallica and Prince ,the band might turn a blind eye and say they've no problem with it but it's the management and record company who are the ones who do.
well can i just point you to youtube and see 99% of bootleg recordings happily being shared and people not being sued
also the band in question here - U2 okay their management - have never pursued anyone!
so with your evidence i'd say that that occurrence is very very very extremely rare and not relevant at all regarding U2's music
we can have another debate about the other 3 artists you mentioned but they're still in a very very very extremely small minority to the point of being irrelevant and out-dated in this modern era of sharing