Band Download Fans Donate To Charity

The band Wilco’s new recording won’t be officially released until June 22. But last month copies of the new album hit the internet. Rather than get mad, “the band responded in a novel way. Instead of filing lawsuits or issuing cease-and-desist letters – a common practice in the piracy-crazed music industry – Wilco cooperated in setting up a Web site where downloaders could cleanse their consciences.” Since Friday, fans have donated $4000 to Wilco’s favorite charity.