On Twitter, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider responded to a comment about Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich referring to their lawsuit against the file-trading service Napster and defend him on his battle to protect the rights of all artists.
As you might remember, in 2000, the thrash metal legend Metallica filed a lawsuit against the file-trading service Napster accusing them of copyright infringement and racketeering. During the court hearing, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich read his testimony explaining how they discovered a demo of their song named ‘I Disappear,’ which planned to be released with Tom Cruise film ‘Mission: Impossible II,’ leaked to radio stations.
Although Lars claimed they were fighting to protect the rights of every other artist, the members of Metallica were perceived as greedy and money-hungry in the public eye. Eventually, Metallica won the case against Napster and forced them to remove all copyrighted songs by Metallica. Later in 2016, after Napster became a subscription service, Metallica allowed its catalogue to be available on Napster.
A few weeks ago, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek made an unfortunate statement on the rate of album releases which received the harsh reactions of various artists including Twisted Sister vocalist Dee Snider. In an interview he joined, Daniel Ek stated:
“Some artists used to do well in the past may not do well in this future landscape where you can’t record music once every three to four years and think that’s going to be enough.”
Recently on Twitter, Dee Snider responded to the news of Daniel Ek’s statements about the musicians releasing ‘not enough‘ albums and wrote:
“Is it wrong that I want to ‘tro dis guy a beatin”?“
A Twitter user named Pepe Damian commented on Dee Snider’s tweet by mentioning the time Lars Ulrich was publicly criticized for suing Napster and wrote:
“Guess everybody hated Lars for the wrong reasons.”
As a response to the comment about Metallica icon, Dee Snider showed his support by stating Lars was actually trying to protect the rights of all artists:
“Yup. Lars Ulrich didn’t get a fair shake from the fans. Like I was fighting censorship for all performers, Lars was fighting to protect all of the artists.“
You can see the tweet Dee Snider posted on Twitter below.
— Dee Snider (@deesnider) August 3, 2020