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James Hetfield Speaks About Napster Among Other Topics

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METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has told the Edmonton Journal that he's used to being the butt of jokes, one of the consequences of suing Napster and cosmetic companies with lines of "Metallica" perfumes or lipsticks. But Hetfield doesn't always laugh at them — such as Edmonton's METALLICUGH!, a trio who claimed that they were spurred to take on to challenge the San Francisco-based heavy metal giants as a reaction to METALLICA's endless stream of legal actions. As expected, the Canadian rockers received a cease-and-desist order from METALLICA's lawyer and quickly changed the name.

"You know what? We're just defending what's ours," said Hetfield. "People can laugh all they want."

Hetfield also said that he believes METALLICA was given a rough ride over their stance on Napster.

"The fact it was free was what was bothering us," he said. "We could care less if they're downloading, we want convenience. But we wanted to be asked if we wanted to be a part of it. For me, it was stealing and in my book, I was raised that stealing was not OK. We were defending what we thought was right. It was difficult because people were excited about the possibilities. We were, too, but we were fearful of them too — what did it mean to us and our careers? How were we going to feed our kids?

"You know, magazines like Rolling Stone or Forbes print lists of highest-grossing bands and we're always in there. But they never have a column of our expenditures, how much we pay in taxes and all the other stuff. It's really unfair that people think that because of the money you have, you should act differently — stealing is OK because you've got enough. I really don't understand that."

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. Dupedu2 writes:

This coming from a man in a band that sold out years ago.....The almighty dollar speaks....pffffffffffffffffffffffft! Metallica ...I wouldn't down load their crap even if I was a pimple faced 13 yr old.

# Mar 20, 2004 @ 11:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Sanitarium writes:

**** you Dup, just cuz you have no taste in music doesnt mean you can dis the gods of metal! They started speed metal and although they may have not started metal the perfected it, i agree with James, i dont think he was doing it because he wanted to lose money i think the morality of stealing the songs was what is wrong!

# Mar 20, 2004 @ 12:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Bones writes:

My opinion is somwhere between the two of you. "Sold out" depends on how you define the term. The hardcore thrash fans say they sold out, Metallica says their music "evolved". Personally, I'll always like their first five albums better than the rest. At the time of it's release, I hated Load and Reload, but now I see they're not so bad. They suck if you only like thrash, but Rock fans in general can usually enjoy them. St. Anger I don't like too much, the album was put together too sloppily. It's been said, but those damn snare drums... sounds like Lars is banging on trash cans.

I have every Metallica album, but I don't hold a grudge against those who download the songs online. And James bit about not being able to feed their families because a couple thousand people are downloading songs? Please. They might lose money, but they're hardly going to be poor.

Face it, music (especially the rediculous CD prices... 20 dollars for one CD sometimes!) is expensive, some people are just gonna download songs. There's always gonna be something online that will let people download songs for free, at least that's what I believe. If record companies are losing money because of it, lower the prices of CDs. I bet business will increase. Then both consumer and supplier will be happy.

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4. muffy writes:

Yo sanitarium punk, metallica did not start speed metal. Ever here of venom, motorhead? Metallica sucks a$$ & so do u! When cliff died, So did they. James Needs to start drinking again cuz he & the rest of those fags r thru. So suck on that u sanitarium p***y!!!

# Mar 21, 2004 @ 12:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. ScaryGuy writes:

They made speed metal everything! And only people in England are ever gonna say they heard of Motorhead. Besides, cmon man, you answered it yourself. If you ask most people about venom and motorhead, nobody but those stuck in the 70/80's will say yes. Metallica has done so much with anything and actually lasted for over 2 decades. Where is motorhead now? And no disrespect man, Lemmy is godlike.

# Mar 24, 2004 @ 3:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Muffy writes:

Motorhead is still kicking ass!!! Metallica knows they started thrash metal, thats why they covered some of their tunes. No sell out with Lemmy. Pay the respect & accept the fact thatv Metallica is thru!!

# Mar 28, 2004 @ 11:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. pooploser writes:

whats is up w/ the remix jay z sh**? is metalica in on that, like jay z really listnes to metalica any ways. thats just as band as jimmy page and puff daddy re-doin the ledzeplin song, stuff like that just shouldent happen ever.

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