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Metallica's Lars Ulrich Gets Settlement Letter From RIAA, Files Class Action Counter-Suit

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, who recently revealed that he illegally downloaded “Death Magnetic” after it leaked ahead of the official release date last year, has been served with a settlement letter by the RIAA. The settlement amount was reportedly $20,000 per song, which comes out to a total of $200,000.

Ulrich commented on the unlikely, yet unwinnable situation:

“I guess I'll just pay it. I mean, I know it's completely absurd, but after calling for the heads of all those who downloaded Metallica songs on Napster, I have no choice but to pay the settlement or appear to be a complete hypocrite despite my current feelings about downloading.”

He elaborated, “On the flip side, I realized that the band, who are the 'victims' here, will not see a penny of this fine, and therefore Metallica and our lawyers will be filing a class action law suit against the RIAA for fair distribution of said settlement monies to the artists they claim to be standing up for.”

In related surprising news, a source close to the drummer has come forward and commented that the version of “Death Magnetic” that Lars downloaded was in fact the Guitar Hero version, to which he admitted it “sounds a shitload better [than the CD version of 'Death Magnetic'].”

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1. Diamond Oz writes:

Serves him right for being a downloading swindler!

# Apr 1, 2009 @ 11:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Thrashbanger writes:

Karma is a b****(Even if this is a joke)

# Apr 1, 2009 @ 11:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. That_One_Guy writes:

I wish that were true. Lars' pocketbook needs to come back from that alternate reality that it's been living in.

Now playing: Dimmu Borgir - "In Death's Embrace"

# Apr 1, 2009 @ 11:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Jamez writes:

Mr. Branded, you may proceed whenever you are ready

# Apr 1, 2009 @ 11:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Anubiz writes:

About time someones sues to RIAA!

# Apr 1, 2009 @ 11:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Jamez writes:

though very sadly, I think this is April's fool thingy... sadly

# Apr 1, 2009 @ 11:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. brandedcfh420 writes:

If only this was true!! DAMN GOOD ONE THOUGH!!

# Apr 1, 2009 @ 11:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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What a tool

# Apr 1, 2009 @ 11:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. IWrestledABearOnce writes:

lmao

# Apr 1, 2009 @ 12:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. V writes:

Haha, now this one's funny....that bruce d***enson thing was just not cool..lol

# Apr 1, 2009 @ 12:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Skylark writes:

Hahahahaha that's great man..... something Lars really would do....

# Apr 1, 2009 @ 5:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. XWigglesX writes:

Hahahaha gold

# Apr 1, 2009 @ 6:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Dee writes:

Good 1.

# Apr 1, 2009 @ 6:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. ChassMasterPlus writes:

it was only kind of funny till he was quoted saying that the guitar hero version is a sh** ton better. ha! the sad part is i bet that's actually true.

# Apr 2, 2009 @ 11:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. KanadianKoRn writes:

Hahahahaha serves the fu(ker right, i use to love Napster! karma is a b****!

# Apr 2, 2009 @ 12:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. IWrestledABearOnce writes:

^...it wasn't real...

# Apr 3, 2009 @ 2:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. ChassMasterPlus writes:

hahahahha, days after the fact this dude actually thoght it was real. ha! thats even funnier then the gag peice.

# Apr 3, 2009 @ 10:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. KanadianKoRn writes:

Hahahahaha f***... got me again..... lol i guess i should look at the date these threads are made lol. Good 1! I wish it was true though.

# Apr 3, 2009 @ 1:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. brandedcfh420 writes:

wuhahahahaha, some of them almost got me kanadian. i saw the articles titles and thought holy sh1t wtf happened in the metal world today?!?! then i saw it was apil 1st, and thought whoa that was close, as i was posting something that would have got me!!

# Apr 3, 2009 @ 1:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. KanadianKoRn writes:

Hahahahaha well, ill know for next year atleast hahahah f*** I was almost fooled by many of these.... good times!

# Apr 5, 2009 @ 1:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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