Radiohead Proposes Bandwidth Throttling For Downloaders

by Chaz on March 25, 2011

In an interesting interview with ITN News, Ed O’Brien of Radiohead suggests that bandwidth throttling (the practice of limiting the quantity of data a sever transmits and/or accepts within a specified period of time) may be a viable method to combat llegal downloading and file sharing.

Radiohead made waves in the worlds of music and technology by initially releasing their last record, In Rainbows, through their website as an optional ‘pay-what-you-want‘ download. The move, initially thought by many to be a sign of sea change in the industry, was quickly revealed by the band to be a stunt thought up by their management, and the band drew more criticism when they elected to sign with another traditional label for physical distribution of the record, and then disappointment when the band revealed they would not reinstate the ‘pay-what-you-want’ option for their next record.

What do you think? Is bandwidth throttling an answer in the fight against illegal file sharing., or is it just a way of punishing everyone for the actions of the few?

Thanks for the report to Punknews.org.

I think Ed O’Brien is off his god damn rocker. Not only would bandwidth throttling would be another form of Government control, but it’d restrict legal downloads. The wave of the internet is going in the direction of everything at your finger tips. Not gonna happen Ed.

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