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RIAA Goes After Nine Inch Nails Fans Over Deliberate Leak Campaign

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Launch Radio Networks reports: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which has become notorious for suing anyone from high school students to retirees for downloading music from the web, has gone after web sites such as Idolator that have posted leaked songs from the upcoming NINE INCH NAILS album, "Year Zero". The problem, however, is that the tracks were leaked intentionally. Several songs from the album were left on computer hard drives at venues on the band's current European tour, with fans finding and posting them on the web for others to download and swap. According to Billboard.com, the RIAA sent cease-and-desist emails to web sites that posted the tracks, leading one industry source to say, "These f***ing idiots are going after a campaign that the label signed off on."

While a number of songs have been intentionally released, the entire NINE INCH NAILS album has not leaked online yet. The CD arrives on April 17.

In addition to the leaked tracks, the marketing campaign for "Year Zero" has featured cryptic messages on T-shirts and a maze of linked web sites that expand upon the album's storyline of a future U.S. on the brink of apocalypse.

The same source told Billboard that NINE INCH NAILS frontman Trent Reznor views the campaign as a "new entertainment form." The source added that the campaign will continue for the next 18 months.

"Year Zero" is reportedly the first of two concept albums, the second of which Reznor hopes to finish next year.

NINE INCH NAILS finishes its European tour on April 10 in Finland and has just announced another round of shows on that continent beginning in August. A trip to Australia and Japan is planned for May. North American dates have not been announced yet.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. exzoomer writes:

what would be the opinion of the majority of the population...of a greedy rich guy...sueing the elderly...broke...and children....i'd say the actions speak louder than words...

# Apr 4, 2007 @ 11:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. brandedcfh420 writes:

no u.s. dates....y the freakin fuk are all these american bands touring the rest of this shytty world and not their own country....its because all these fukin stupid people in this country that have a say on things has made metal a bad thing...not saying nin are metal but they get put in that category. and the stupid trendy fukheads that come out of suburbia thinking they are all hard gangstas, talkin like wigger trash, have made the scene dissappear..the propaganda machine has done a good job of makin dumb white kids turn into stupid moronic jackoffs. just look at what the white kids are doing..purposely inflicting pain, acting like retarded monkeys, recording themselves doing dumb things and posting them on the internet..no wonder the rest of the world looks at us the way they do...TO ALL THE WHITE KIDS WHO ARE TRYING TO BE SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT.....WAKE UP...YOU ARE WHITE..ACT WHITE...LIVE WHITE...DIE WHITE....im not trying to be racist, but the statistics show that white kids are becoming as trashy as the trash they throw out....im white so, dont think im some racist black or mexican or some fukin foreign person...i see it daily..dumb white people who continue to degrade themselves for what they consider cool....why would a world class band like nin want to play here?...they would have to bring in hip waders to wade through the trash they are trying to avoid....

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3. ummmmm writes:

ok ummmmmm, what the fvck is with the post above mine? Is this guy serious?

# Apr 4, 2007 @ 1:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. anon writes:

Seems so, the post above you also doesn't seem to know what a paragraph is supposed to be.

Lame excuse for a rant, also. :-P

# Apr 4, 2007 @ 1:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. pacifront83 writes:

branded you are a f***ing MORON, and dont use Pantera's name for ur bullsh** segregation. Not all Pantera fans are that f***ing stupid. Im sure we can all agree on that. If people want to act like their idols, whether it be 50 Cent, or Ozzy its not ur f***ing buisness dipsh**.

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6. HighVoltage13 writes:

BTW, "Year Zero" has been leaked on certain sites.

# Apr 5, 2007 @ 12:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. the antihippy writes:

survivalism is probably the only NIN song i really dig. might check this cd out.

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