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Iced Earth Comments On Century Media's Lawsuit Against Illegal Downloaders

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Reports have been going around the Web since Monday that Century Media Records is suing several thousand individuals who illegally downloaded the "Dark Adrenaline" album (reviewed here) by Lacuna Coil and the "Dystopia" album (reviewed here) by Iced Earth.

Iced Earth's Jon Schaffer comments on Century Media’s file sharing lawsuit:

“It has come to my attention that Century Media is suing fans over illegal downloads of (among others) our latest album ‘Dystopia’. I felt it was important to clarify that we had no knowledge of this motion and were, sadly, not asked permission.

"We all know the music industry is changing. We have been adapting to this model by embracing legal streaming services such as Spotify and by bringing our music to places we have never played before by touring our proverbial asses off.

"As much as we respect that the labels are having a harder time selling music, we feel this is a misguided effort and want to make sure our fans know we would have not given our consent would we have been asked.”

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RememberMetal?'s avatar

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1. RememberMetal? writes:

CM has helped produce some amazing acts but they will lose -more- money on this AND it won't correct the behavior... I guess it gives their lawyers something to do and their execs a sense of empowerment.

# Sep 20, 2012 @ 12:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. coldiem writes:

Heh, from another article:

"Another interesting issue raised in the Century lawsuit is whether all members of a BitTorrent ‘swarm’ (a network of users which use BitTorrent technology to link together, enabling faster file-sharing) can be held liable for copyright infringement conducted via that swarm, even if there is no evidence of unlicensed copying linked to some of their actual IP address."

If that's the case, then why aren't they suing the ISPs? And what about all the servers along the traceroute? Good luck, Century Media. Either way, these guys are not going to end up the winners. Look at the contempt people still hold for Metallica after the whole Napster debacle.

Hell, even the RIAA has backed down and said that such lawsuits were "an ineffective way of combating online piracy."

I'm not trying to say that people have a right to illegally download music. But, if there is a solution for this whole mess somewhere out there in the ether, it certainly isn't suing your (potential) fans.

# Sep 20, 2012 @ 2:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Cynic writes:

Suing thousands of people for downloading "Dystopia"... guess Jon's doomsayer routine was closer to home than I thought.

# Sep 20, 2012 @ 4:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. hellrat writes:

^^hmmm Cyn...did read, bro? ;)

"we feel this is a misguided effort and want to make sure our fans know we would have not given our consent would we have been asked.” ---Jon Schaffer

I snicker at the big cheeses at Century...any viable Justice would throw this junk suit out so fast it'd blow their goddamned diapers off, then slap them clowns with contempt for making mockery of the Court with such fvcking PATHETIC fat cat drivel

FVCK YOU, cvnts :)

NP---Dystopia---Which I fvcking PAID for, ya snivelling goddamned CM b!tches

# Sep 20, 2012 @ 5:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Cynic writes:

Hah - sorry what I meant is that it's ironic that a bands record company is suing thousands for downloading an album based around an album based around bleak utopian futures.

# Sep 20, 2012 @ 5:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Cynic writes:

*dystopian

# Sep 20, 2012 @ 5:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
R10's avatar

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7. R10 writes:

Total waste of time and resources for CM. It will only hurt the label in the long run. Metal heads for the most part are a dedicated bunch,will buy c.d.s and sh*t,i know i bought the last I.E. album,cash money,no down loading here! N.P.- Grave- Flesh Epistle

# Sep 20, 2012 @ 8:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. hellrat writes:

Ha! Very clever brother Cyn...ya sneaky Kiwi bastard :)

I fvckin know it Big R...I buy that sh!t so the fvcking band get their one fvcking dollar ya know? almost EVERYone else i know downloads

Even as a goddamned crusty fvcking neolithic oldschooler, I'm gettin fvcking sick of these greasy exec slicks continuing to have the revolting audacity to attempt perpetuating the outdated paradigm of their gross capitalization from direct exploitation of artists AND the listening public...ALL big record labels are fvcking dogsh!t; there is simply no getting around that

And I ain't sure I feel like givin ANY of them sh!t a$$ motherfvcks ANY goddamned money any mo

eh now, ya trashsuit CVNTS? didya hear it? FVCK YOU :)

# Sep 20, 2012 @ 10:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Cynic writes:

*based around

Man I really messed that post up, surprised you could parse that hellrat haha. In any case, I agree. Labels and bands should be getting money for their music, no disagreement there. But squeezing drops of cash out of a dying business model by suing a small arbitrary bunch of fans that happened to get caught is nothing short of draconian.

# Sep 20, 2012 @ 10:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. R10 writes:

I hear ya HR. Labels need to adapt,or die. Sounds like Iced Earth and Jon have come to terms with reality,know they have to "tour thier asses off" to really make a living in todays music world. And hey,now that the temps have cooled here in the hills,think i'll break out my Dystopia longsleeve tour shirt i bought last spring. Thats where I.E. are making thier dough,tour shirts!

# Sep 21, 2012 @ 10:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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