Saturday, March 07, 2009

Lars Ulrich becomes the sort of person Lars Ulrich wants locked up

Who is illegally downloading Metallica records?

Lars Ulrich, it turns out:

“I sat there myself and downloaded ‘Death Magnetic’ from the internet just to try it,” he said. “I was like, ‘Wow, this is how it works.’ I figured if there is anybody that has a right to download ‘Death Magnetic’ for free, it’s me.”

Ulrich and six of his friends supped on a bottle of wine at the drummer’s house and used an unnamed file-sharing client to download the album, which was released last September.

“We found it - this was like two or three days after it leaked. I was like, ‘you know what? I’ve gotta try this.’ We sat there and 30 minutes later I had ‘Death Magnetic’ in my computer. It was kind of bizarre.”

It's not clear if Lars realises that while he was downloading his record, it was also being made available for upload, and that he was, in effect, illegally sharing his own record - using the RIAA "like stealing CD" metaphor, that's "helping thieves carry pinched stock to their getaway car", of course.

Let's hope the RIAA turn up and drag him through court - if "it was my daughter, and I have no money" fails to melt the RIAA hearts, "but it's my record" will merely elicit hollow laughter.

[Thanks to Gary W for the link]


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You've missed the subtext here, sir. The unseen price downloading is exacting from talented and not at all full of themselves artists.

Thirty minutes? To download one album? Really?

Metallica's drummer can't afford to upgrade from his quaint phone modem! Downloading has at long last brought us to this sad, sad day...

Anonymous said...

I don't know why but the whole quote from him made me go "awwwww, bless". It's incredible to think that this band, who have always appeared to present an image of being the typical bad boy hard rockers, can't think of anything worse to do on a friday night with a bottle of wine than a quick "oh do you know what would be super naughty right now? We could... *giggling* oh it's too much... far too frightful for words... we could... hehe... download one of our songs illegally!!"

Anonymous said...

Funny, because i did exactly the same thing two days after it was released. Then deleted it.

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