ChuckD about the perception that artists are
losing money due to file sharing: "People
thought that back in 1967 when FM radio came out,
artists complained that people would stop buying records.
Then when cassettes came out they complained again that people would
stop buying records, but instead records sold more than ever...
you see, an accountant looks at a copy and sees it as a
lost sale but it's not, it's really just another
Lars: "I'm not against small artists that want to use
Napster to get more exposure, then great, I'm happy for
them. But Napster should've notified artists before
they started this service and given artists like us a
chance to opt out of it..."
ChuckD suggesting to Lars that there lots of other revenue
streams for a major rock band: "There are still a lot of
insular areas that Metallica controls that can't be
Lars: "I hear a lot about the greed of record companies but
Napster is not doing this for charity or for the good
of mankind. There are investors backing them and there will soon
be a Napster IPO... they're capitalizing on artists without
the artist's permission..."
ChuckD: "Lars, people will still buy your record even after
they download it from Napster... fans will buy the record anyway..."
Lars on the prospects of angering Metallica fans caught in the
Napster sweep: "If I ask you not to redistribute my work and you keep
on doing it than I don't want you as a fan anyway."
ChuckD regarding Dr. Dre singing the same tune as Metallica:
"Dr. Dre is clueless about this. Dre's a friend of mine and I
talked to Dre recently... his lawyer called him and said
"Dre, they're taking your money" so of course Dre says they'd
better stop it because that's what his lawyers are telling him..."
Lars on other artists who support Napster: "Fred Durst [from Limpbizkit] is saying record companies
are bad, but Fred, who paid $600,000 so you could make your
"Nookie" video, I mean, come on..."
Lars: "We're looking at making our next record available in some
enhanced format but under our terms... we're looking what other
technologies are out there..."
ChuckD: "The technology is changing the industry. You have to
adapt... I thrive on the enthusiasm of the people. I guess I don't
have that typical American enterpeneural spirit..."