Friday, June 13, 2003

HANG ON JUST A MOMENT HERE...: Metallica are calling for fans who have videos, interviews and audio recordings from their early days to send it in to be used in a forthcoming documentary. Now, they've obviously already seen the danger of their making such a request, as they say you have to be the rightful owner of the footage to submit it, but isn't this a bit mealy-mouthed? Because if there are, say, videos circulating of them playing small clubs or audiotapes made by smuggling in dictaphones under heavy jumpers, wouldn't that mean that, in effect, the person with the equipment would have been making an illegal copy of copyright material? So are Metallica now saying its okay to record their stuff without permission providing it fits in with their need for an archive? Or is this merely a sting operation, designed to catch the unwary? There's an email address, something like or thereabouts.

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