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In April 2000, Lars Ulrich launched his vocal campaign against file-sharing service Napster. After discovering that Metallica's entire back catalogue could be found on the service he could hardly contain his anger and by July 2000 he was testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Of course, Napster was dead and buried a long time ago but thanks in part to Ulrich, the destruction of the service led to the creation of many others, most of which carry the entire back catalogue of Metallica to this day - along with that of every other band in the world with a respectable following.

So, when Metallica's latest album 'Death Magnetic' hit the file-sharing networks last year, it seemed like business as usual when the band's label, Universal, canceled an interview with a Swedish newspaper after their reviewer admitted he got his copy from The Pirate Bay.

However, the once vehemently anti-p2p Ulrich came out with a softened stance. "If this thing leaks all over the world today or tomorrow, happy days," he said. "It's 2008 and it's part of how it is these days."

Now, just a few months later, Ulrich has admitted that following years of aggression against file-sharing, he has actually just tried it out for himself. In an intervew with Eddie Trunk of VH1's "That Metal Show", Ulrich admits that last year he 'pirated' his own album after it leaked onto the Internet.

"I sat there myself and downloaded 'Death Magnetic' from the Internet just to try it," he said. "I was like, 'Wow, this is how it works.' I figured if there is anybody that has a right to download 'Death Magnetic' for free, it's me."

Ulrich went on to say that he and half a dozen friends were enjoying a bottle of wine at his house and used a file-sharing client (the name of which eluded him) to download the album.

"We found it - this was like two or three days after it leaked. I was like, 'You know what? I've gotta try this.' So we sat there and thirty minutes later I had 'Death Magnetic' in my computer. It was kind of bizarre."

Welcome to the 21st century, Lars - although the same 'bizarre' stuff went on in the last century too.
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You know what would be justice? Lets see the RIAA get onto his ass for doing that!
 

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Megadeth ftw haha. Larz and Metallica really annoy me nowadays, there music is nothing like it used to be. All they want is money, money and more money.
 

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I Lol'ed

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You know what would be justice? Lets see the RIAA get onto his ass for doing that!
Only Problem is he owns rights to the album so they couldnt do Shat all about it too bad really.
 

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That's pretty funny I guess.

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Megadeth ftw haha. Larz and Metallica really annoy me nowadays, there music is nothing like it used to be. All they want is money, money and more money.
Half the posts on Metallica-related articles are pretty much identical to this (grammar mistakes and all), so let's make this the last one here, shall we?
 

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lol out of all of that crap he preached about with the whole napster stuff.

omg, i find this hilarious
 

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That's pretty funny I guess.

Half the posts on Metallica-related articles are pretty much identical to this (grammar mistakes and all), so let's make this the last one here, shall we?
Ohhh no I made grammar mistakes......You obviously didnt have any trouble reading it so stop crying please. Im just pointing out what they have obviously done.
 

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I would RAGE too if i spent a year or two making a brand new album just to watch some little punks steal it over the net. He is just pissed because still nothing has stopped this theft from happening. Him giving it a try probably shocked him by how easy it was to steal his own record.
 

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He can't pirate something that he owns!

Its like trying to steal your own money.
 

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I would RAGE too if i spent a year or two making a brand new album just to watch some little punks steal it over the net. He is just pissed because still nothing has stopped this theft from happening. Him giving it a try probably shocked him by how easy it was to steal his own record.

If all they think about is money when they are making music they can go *** themselves.
 

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lol out of all of that crap he preached about with the whole napster stuff.

omg, i find this hilarious

inorite?
 

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He can't pirate something that he owns!

Its like trying to steal your own money.

Perhaps, but the record labels will still blindly count this as a 'lost sale' and it will still be another statistic to be use against people in their lawsuits.

Who knows, maybe the RIAA will sue someone because they gave this guy his own album. Of course, they dont even bother to check this out, they have no idea who is downloading the music, nor do they care.

Stupid stuff like this is just a perfect example of how hypocritical some of these people are.
 

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You know what would be justice? Lets see the RIAA get onto his ass for doing that!

They should! He's already confessed to the crime. All they have to do is bring the lawsuit and rake in the easy money!


 

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Metallica FTL.

I remember a day long past when a friend handed me a copied tape of "Ride the Lightning" as my first intro to Metallica. It was so raw...so good....that I actually went and bought every Metallica album (including "Ride the Lightning"). If anything, that one pirated cassette tape earned Metallica several hundred (if not a couple thousand) dollars in record, t-shirt, poster, and concert ticket sales from me alone.
 
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