Enter Sandma... err... Lawyers
Based on the way they sound when they're happy, I knew that a PO'ed Metallica wouldn't be a good thing, but I didn't expect this. According to this News.com article, Metallica is suing left and right over copyright violations from (you guessed it) MP3's. They're suing Napster, of course, but interestingly they're also going after the "hypocritical universities and colleges who could easily block this insidious and ongoing thievery scheme." In case you were wondering, that description is straight from the pages of the complaint.
There were actually three universities sued; they are "Yale University, the University of Southern California (USC) and Indiana University," according to the article. No word on why these particular universities were chosen; you can't tell me they're the only ones whose networks are being used to transfer Metallica MP3's.
My favorite quote is from a student who manages Napster bulletin boards: "Some artists are in it for the pure art of music. Others are in it for the money. . . . Metallica just showed which side of the line they're on." Apparently, if you want to stop people from performing illegal activities that hurt your income, you're a money-grubbing bastard who doesn't care about the music. I guess that makes the "real artists" easy to identify; they're the ones who are really, really poor.