Corey Taylor Praises Metallica’s Lars Ulrich For Taking An Early Action Against Streaming Services
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor opened up about music platforms during an appearance on the latest episode of the ‘Wild Ride! With Steve-O’ podcast, and apparently, Taylor believes Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich did the right thing years ago with the infamous Napster incident.
Napster is an online service that was founded in 1999 as a pioneering software that emphasized sharing digital audio files, mostly audio songs, encoded in MP3 format. It made it easy to download songs that were otherwise difficult to obtain back in those days and it paved the way for streaming media services, however, the company faced legal difficulties over copyright violation.
As many of you recall already, one of the most well-known cases against Napster was when Metallica filed a famous lawsuit in 2000, due to copyright infringement after the band discovered a demo of their song named ‘I Disappear,’ which was a song set to be released with the Mission: Impossible II soundtrack, when the song was leaked to numerous radio stations even before its release.
After the notorious lawsuit was filed, Metallica became was the first highly publicized artist suing a P2P software company which encouraged various other high-profile artists to sue Napster as well, paving the way for fighting against the copyright infringement.
During a recent interview, Corey Taylor opened up about music streaming services and stated that it’s nearly impossible to know which of these services actually pay the musicians they are streaming since there are so many of them that basically steal from artists as Taylor made his peace with the matter.
Here is what Taylor revealed:
“It’s kind of weird, it’s kind of hard because, in this day and age, it’s really hard to know which ones of the fucking streaming services actually compensate the artists that they’re ripping off. It’s more important for me that people listen to music. At this point, I’ve kind of made peace with the fact that there are various services who are just kind of screwing us, and until the legislation is actually enforced, which they passed under Trump — which I couldn’t fucking believe — they’ll keep charging us at that rate. But they’ve appealed that legislation. I don’t think the appeals will actually go through. They will raise the rates, and musicians will be able to make a living off their recordings again.”
In addition to this, Slipknot’s lead vocalist revealed his opinions about the famous ‘Napster vs. Metallica’ case and stated that drummer Lars Ulrich who was the member that has been in the front about the case did the right thing by preventing an injustice against his band and his music.
Here is what Corey Taylor said:
“I remember everyone giving him so much shit ’cause of that, and he was so right on so many fucking levels, dude. It’s scary. And I wonder how many people look back and eat a little crow because of that… ‘Cause he knew — he knew that this was the direction we were going.”
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