No, the readmes themselves aren't problematic. It's there only as side effect of a transitional state we're in. readme files are not added to the site download manager (I was considering removing them at the time as they duplicate what's already in the archive.) and are thus not easily differentiable for alternate handling right now. One of these days I'll likely add readmes and images to the manager and reconfigure access to everything. In general I prefer locking things down as a better solution to bandwidth management compared to managing number of connections per IP and limited bandwidth per connection. It usually works out better for the server load that way as well.
The good news is our bandwidth limit was upped very recently. So, there's a good chance things will be relaxed soon regardless of the above.
I occasionally disable most hotlinking protection on the site sometimes for various reasons. The bandwidth has literally DOUBLED over the course of a month on some occasions! What is
the rest of the Internet up to with all our data?