"Colin (Greenwood) called and said it was up, so thought I'd check," he wrote. "I feel bemused, not annoyed. I'm glad people like it, most of all. It's a little earlier than we'd expected, but there it is. Surprised, and still not used to it happening, even after all these years. I worry more that stuff we do won't get released for whatever obscure reason, and I hate the 3 month gap between finish and release. But not enough to leak it myself!"Radiohead's albums have appeared on the Internet before store shelves several times before, which is as much a testament to the band's fanatical following as it is the ease of releasing material onto P2P networks. Even if pre-release copies of the CD were stacked with DRM, watermarks, and other copy-prevention technology, it only takes one daring individual to start a leak that has the potential to turn into a flood.
Despite the band's seemingly blasé attitude towards the leak, it's particularly interesting to note that Greenwood sees the Internet as a viable distribution medium for recordings that may otherwise go unreleased. A seasoned, critically-acclaimed band like Radiohead likely doesn't have a problem finding labels to pick up its recordings, but for smaller, less-established artists, the Internet can be an incredibly effective distribution tool.