Note this line 'One of the band's managers suggested it and the group went with it as a publicity stunt -- which worked.'
At no point do I recall Radiohead saying this was a 'publicity stunt'. What I do recall hearing from Yorke's interview with David Byrne is that they tired it because they were out of their previous contract and thought it might be interesting to try.
Mike uses the word 'stunt' five times... now perhaps the publicity did not hurt getting the word out about Radiohead, but I think the use of 'stunt' by Mike shows his bias.
In general, I have few issues with the articles posted here...
Having worked in the IT departments of two Universities, at very different ends of the academic system, its quite easy to understand why schools block p2p and don't fight the system.
It's just simpler to block the traffic than handle all the complications. Higher ed IT departments are stretched pretty thin and have more pressing issues to deal with. They know that students trade in copyright material and do what they can to limit pirating and follow the law, but unless pressed by the RiAA and MPAA, IT really doesn't care.
Something similar is messy up my hobby, scale model building. Companies are going after aftermarket decal makers who sell decals to accurately represent sponsor decals for race cars. Its virtually impossible to get licensing to produce the decals - either the cost is too high for such a small market or finding who to contact in not possible.
I've suggested that some of the major model builders - one fellow gets about $15k for his finished kits - start contacting the companies to get money from them or leave those sponsor decals off.