|Back in April of 2000, Metallica sued Napster. At the time, I understood why: people were copying and sharing music without paying for it, something that had been happening with tapes and CDs for years but had become a big deal with the advent of peer-to-peer software. However, I didn't realize something until I heard it on VH1: Metallica were essentially suing the people who liked their music. They searched on Napster for their songs and found that a lot of people had their music. Most bands would have been proud that so many people listened to their music, but Metallica wanted money. I guess I just never realized how Metallica directly sued their fans. It's not like they can say they were looking out for the rights of other bands. They were looking out for their own good, and they wanted people to stop listening to their music. And it's not like they wanted to stop file sharing in general because they didn't agree with the idea. No: they wanted to stop file sharing so people would stop listening to their music.
Now, whenever I hear Metallica on the radio, I'm repulsed. If they don't want me to listen to their music, fine, I won't. Buncha jerks. By this event alone, Metallica lost countless fans. Good job, guys. Super instinct. #entertainment