Originally Posted by Elfwreck
The Grateful Dead specifically allowed free amateur recordings of their concerts to be released. Other bands, not so much. GD realized that they're certainly not losing any money by encouraging fan activity... other bands & companies haven't hit this realization, and "that's a stupid policy" is not a legal defense against copyright infringement.
My understanding is that bands make money when they go on tour... and not when they sell albums... the publishers make money when they sell albums. So, the more fans they had, the more concert revenue they could amass.