After 16 years, Metallica have finally given their permission for their library to appear in full on Napster, a service which the band famously sued back in 2000.
Times have changed. Back then Napster was a peer-to-peer music download service which allowed its users to share music with each other. In practice this meant that its users could download music without having to pay anything, allowing the software to act as an enabler for piracy.
Fight fire with fire
In the years since the lawsuit, Lars Ulrich has claimed that Metallica’s issue with Napster wasn’t about the money, but was instead about control of the band’s music catalog.
Now that Napster is going through the proper channels to gain the rights to distribute Metallica’s music, the band is willing to make its music available.
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