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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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