Trent Reznor has self-released a 36 track instrumental Nine Inch Nails album in a variety of formats. (full details here). Part of the campaign includes a free 9 track download sampler available on the band's web site.
In a nod to P2P and torrent users the band itself has made a torrent of the sampler available on Pirate Bay and other torrent sites including this message:
"...Now that we're no longer constrained by a record label, we've decided to personally upload Ghosts I, the first of the four volumes, to various torrent sites, because we believe BitTorrent is a revolutionary digital distribution method, and we believe in finding ways to utilize new technologies instead of fighting them.
We encourage you to share the music of Ghosts I with your friends, post it on your website, play it on your podcast, use it for video projects, etc. It's licensed for all non-commercial use under Creative Commons.
We've also made a 40 page PDF book to accompany the album. If you'd like to download it for free...
...Undoubtedly you'll be able to find the complete collection on the same torrent network you found this file...
...but if you're interested in the release, we encourage you to check it out at ghosts.nin.com, where the complete Ghosts I-IV is available directly from us in a variety of DRM-free digital formats, including FLAC lossless, for only $5. You can also order it on CD, or as a deluxe package with multitrack audio files, high definition audio on Blu-ray disc, and a large hard-bound book."
We genuinely appreciate your support, and hope you enjoy the new music. Thanks for listening."