Watch Lars Ulrich's Napster Testimony for the First Time

artist: metallica date: 07/01/2013 category: industry news
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Watch Lars Ulrich's Napster Testimony for the First Time
Footage of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich giving his infamous anti-Napster testimony in 2000 has appeared online for the first time. In the scene below, taken from the new documentary "Downloaded" which chronicles the rise and fall of Napster (exclusive by Billboard), Ulrich is seen alongside other musicians like the Byrd's Roger McGuinn, both giving opposing views on the effect digital music will have on the music industry. Ulrich was the most high-profile musician to speak out against Napster at the time, but was criticized by many for taking a stand. Time has proven that Ulrich's concerns about peer-to-peer music were right, after a decade of rapidly declining music sales. "Just like a carpenter who crafts a table gets to decide if he wants to keep it, sell it, or give it away. Shouldn't we have the same options?" says Ulrich at Capitol Hill. "We want to decide what happens to our music. Not a company who has no rights to our recordings, which has never invested a penny in our music, or anything to do with its creation. The choice has been taken away from us." Watch the clip from "Downloaded" featuring Lars Ulrich speaking out against Napster here:
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