The world's biggest metal label is finally calling off its hunt for people sharing the All Shall Perish album "This Is Where It Ends" - despite pursuing the fans without the band's permission.
The case was considered one of the more distasteful of its kind, with the band fighting to protect their reputation when label Nuclear Blast hired a so-called 'copyright troll' World Digital Rights to press ahead with a suit against 80 file sharers without telling the band.
"The band wasn't consulted whatsoever and none of us have ever heard of this company,
" manager Ryan Downey
, who was apparently told the case had been called off when they finally heard about it. It hadn't.
To further complicate matters, the case revealed that World Digital Rights did not own the copyright to the All Shall Perish album, with no registration at the United States Copyright Office.
Torrent Freak informed Downey that the case was pressing ahead, which apparently infuriated the manager. It seems that he took these feelings to the label, who have now quit the case.
Copyright theft may damage music sales, but in this case, it seems the label made a huge mistake by choosing not to inform the band of their intentions. In turn, the band lost their right to decide how certain fans would perceive them.
What do you think? Did the label have good intentions, or was it an error of judgement? Share your opinion in the comments.