This is Lars Ulrich telling us that allowing fans to bootleg their shows is a good thing cause you cant fight it:
Ten years later the same Lars Ulrich is ridiculing himself in some sort of anti-Napster ad:
Suddenly smells funny here, doesn’t it?
Metallica was one of the first bands to speak out against file-sharing, openly accusing their fans of stealing their music on Napster. Ok so of course there is a huge difference between a poor sounding bootleg and an exact digital copy of a song. Fair enough. But he states loud and clear in the first vid that if everybody is doing it then what’s the use confronting it.
Bah, even if ten years of technology separates these two videos the issue still remained the same. I just find it amusing how one of the main spokespersons for the RIAA in the Napster case totally changed his pitch after a couple sell-out albums and a few extra million dollars in his bank account. This does not mean I don’t appreciate everything they’ve done for music – I’ll still listen to ‘Kill em all’ when I’ll be spendin my days on a rocking chair.. but I had to cover these videos.