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by Robert A. Delfino
The Philosophers’ Magazine (14 July 2009)

“Were the fans right to be angry at Metallica? Or was Metallica right to take action against Napster? From the beginning, Lars claimed, “This is not just about money.” But many fans didn’t buy that. His comment implies that it is partly about money. This interpretation is supported by other comments that singer and guitarist James Hetfield made during an online chat: “Would you go do your job five days a week for absolutely nothing, just to do it?…This could kill Metallica and music if we were doing it for free.” But then, shortly before he was to testify in front of the United States Senate in a hearing on Internet music distribution, Lars said: “It’s just got nothing to do with money.” Nothing? First, he implied it partly dealt with money. Then James made it seem that it was all about money. Now it had “nothing” to do with money. Which was it?”


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