11 May 2008

MM Vol 2 - 136 - Metallica

MM Vol 2 #136


"Whiskey In The Jar"

Genre:Hard Rock
Majestic's art exquisitely sums up how Metallica's fans feel. What they did against Napster by dobbing in their own fans, well, it pretty much screwed them. I have been thinking about it over the years and I can only come to the conclusion Lars Ulrich really didn't think the consequences through. I bet his team mates are pissed at him ...... (2000 ad) "Hey guys, fucking fans are ripping our music for free, lets fuck them over, then we can make more dollars with the kids buying our shit legally" A huh. Good idea. Cue to 2008 "Hey lets release a public statement that file swapping is a great way for kids to listen to our music!" yeah? Lars, are you sponsored by Tool Inc? You killed Napster, but you never killed the fans downloading, only thing is now, they don't want to download your music. In Lars defense, I truly believe he didn't think it through, but if he did, then he got what he wanted and deserved. Oh yea, by the way Lars I did download this song, so go ahead, sue another fan for liking your music once and for thinking your band was the hottest thing since sliced bread. Cos you did the best for me to think otherwise.
think im on fire
Heavy metal band Metallica discovered that a demo of their song I Disappear’ had been circulating across the Napster network, even before it was released. This eventually led to the song being played on several radio stations across America and brought to Metallica’s attention that their entire back catalogue of studio material was also available. The band responded in 2000 by filing a lawsuit against the service offered by Napster. A month later, rapper Dr. Dre shared a litigator and legal firm with Metallica, and filed a similar lawsuit after Napster wouldn't remove his works from their service, even after he issued a written request. Separately, both Metallica and Dr. Dre later delivered thousands of usernames to Napster who they believed were pirating their songs. One year later, Napster settled both suits, but this came after being shut down by the Ninth Circuit Court in a separate lawsuit from several major record labels (see below). Also in 2000, Madonna, who had previously met with Napster executives to discuss a possible partnership, became irate when her single "Music" leaked out on to the web and Napster prior to its commercial release, causing widespread media coverage. Verified Napster use peaked with 26.4 million users worldwide in February 2001.
im gonna sue your $%##@ ass!
Though the lawsuit named three universities for copyright infringement, the University of Southern California, Yale University, and Indiana University, no individuals were named. Yale and Indiana complied and blocked the service from its campuses, and Metallica withdrew the universities' inclusion in the lawsuit. Southern California, however, had a meeting with students to figure out what was going to happen with Napster. School administrators wanted it banned as it used 40% of the bandwidth, which was not for educational purposes. Metallica hired online consulting firm NetPD to monitor the Napster service for a weekend. A list of 335,435 Napster users who were believed to be sharing Metallica's music was compiled, and the 60,000 page document was delivered to Napster's office as Metallica requested the users be banned from the service. The users were banned, and rap artist Dr. Dre joined the lawsuit against Napster, which resulted in an additional 230,142 Napster users banned.
Ive got something to share
At the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, Ulrich appeared in a skit with host Marlon Wayans that blasted the idea of using Napster to share music. Marlon played a college student sitting in his dorm room listening to Metallica's "I Disappear". Ulrich walked in and asked for an explanation. On receiving Wayans' excuse that using Napster was just "sharing", Lars retorted that Marlon's idea of sharing was "borrowing things that were not yours without asking." He called in the Metallica road crew, who proceeded to confiscate all of Wayans' belongings, leaving him almost nude in an empty room. Napster creator Shawn Fanning responded later in the ceremony by presenting an award wearing a Metallica shirt, saying, "I borrowed this shirt from a friend. Maybe, if I like it, I'll buy one of my own." In 2007, Metallica was named #17 on Blender magazine's list of "biggest wusses in rock" for its "anti-Napster crusade". ~ [Source:Wikipedia]
For more Metallica visit Mellow Mix Vol 1 #033
For Metallica in the Definitive 1000 songs see Number 484
For Madonna visit Mellow Mix Vol 1 #077
This song has a crowbarred rating of 87.7 out of 108

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Blogger bbliss17 said...

Great article! I love the Shaun Fanning ownage!

9:15 AM  
Blogger crowbarred said...

Thanks for that! And yeah .... Fanning's comment is a classic

10:23 AM  

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