Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor made a new interview with ‘Wild Ride! With Steve-O’ podcast last week and talked about the current music streaming platforms while referring to the ‘Metallica v. Napster, Inc.’ case.
As you might already remember, Napster was one of the most popular music services of its era and rocked the whole world for three years. However, in 2000, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich sued Napster to pay $100.000 for every single song that was downloaded by users and in the end, Napster lost the law case and had to wipe out all Metallica songs out of the system.
In the interview, Corey Taylor backed Lars Ulrich up and stated that Lars knew that the founding of the legal streaming platforms was the direction that the music scene was going. Corey also shared his thoughts on the streaming services that compensate the artists that they are ripping off.
Here is what Corey said:
“Obviously, I’m gonna say the old-school way — buy the album, look at the artwork, read the lyrics. 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.”
He continued by referring to Lars:
“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.”
You can watch the interview below.
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