METALLICA’s KIRK HAMMETT On Music Industry Changes After NAPSTER: ‘We Warned Everyone That This Would Happen’

Kirk Hammett says that METALLIC “warned everyone” about the dangers of peer-to-peer file sharing by taking legal action against Napster in 2000. Although the case was settled out of court, more than 300,000 users were banned from the groundbreaking music file-sharing service as a result and METALLIC‘s image took a huge dent in the eyes of music lovers.

In a new interview with Classic Rock magazine, Hammett was asked to think about METALLIClegal dispute with the file sharing site.

“We warned everyone that this would happen,” he said. “We warned everyone that the music industry would lose eighty percent of its wealth, power and influence. When these monumental shifts come, you just rattle the cage and get nothing done, or you move forward.

There is certainly a new way of getting music out there, but it’s not as effective as the music industry before it.Napsterhe continued. “But we’re stuck with it. There has to be some kind of middle ground where the two come together, or there will be another completely new model.”

Two and a half years ago, Hammett said that METALLIC “made no difference” by trying to fight Napster

“The amazing thing about now is when people said, ‘Twenty years from now, we’ll look back and say, ‘Damn it! We did the right thing,'” the METALLIC said guitarist. “But when people said we would really make a difference? We not done make a difference – we didn’t Make a difference. It happened. And we couldn’t stop it, because it was just bigger than all of us – this trend that happened that damned sunk the fucking music industry. There was no way we could stop it. It was something completely human that just happened. And what had happened was suddenly, it was just more convenient to get music and less convenient to pay for it. And there you have it.

“For me it was kind of a leveling factor,” he continued. “Suddenly we were all taken back to the minstrel era where musicians’ only source of income is actually playing. And that’s the way it is today – except a lot of these bands [chuckles] don’t really play; they press ‘play’ or something. But there to be a lot of bands that really play their instruments and have to play to still be a band and still survive. And that’s cool because it really separates who wants to do this and who’s just here for the damn pose. … You’ll see who’s passionate about it and who’s really interested in the art of it, and then you’ll see who’s not so passionate about it and its commercialism.

‘Maybe something will change’ Hammett philosophized. “Maybe people will suddenly prefer CDs or whatever format. Who’s to say? I mean, it all changed so fast then; it could be changing just as damn fast now.”

METALLIC sued Napster after the band found out there was a leaked demo version of their song “I disappear” circulated on the groundbreaking music file sharing service before its release.

in May 2000, METALLIC drummer Lars Ulrich famously delivered a literal truckload of paper Napster Inc.listing hundreds of thousands of people who have allegedly used the company’s software to download unauthorized MP3s from METALLIChis songs.

METALLIC representatives compiled the more than 60,000 page list of 335,435 Napster user IDs over one weekend in response to: Napster‘s promise to terminate the accounts of users who trade material without permission. Real names are not included in the list.

In later years, METALLIC Embraced Digital Music: In December 2012, the band made all of its studio albums, as well as various live material, singles, remixes, and collaborations, available on Spotify

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