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In 2000, Metallica discovered that a demo of their song “I Disappear” had been floating across the Napster file-sharing network. They soon discovered that their entire catalogue was also freely available. The band immediately determined to sue Napster and in the process asked that 300,000 Napster users found to be trading Metallica songs be kicked off the network. In 2001 Metallica and Napster agreed to an out-of-court settlement, and the band never actually sued any fans for copyright infringement. Nevertheless, the controversy created a public relations nightmare. In particular, Lars Ulrich (drummer,Metallica) found himself portrayed as a greedy and pretentious rock star completely out of touch with his fans. Many saw him as a pawn of the record industry, supporting the right of the labels to charge high prices as the middle men.

Still some support him when it comes to illegal music sharing, believing that he tried to do what he could to save the music industry. He is posted as a symbol against illegal music on the internet and the phrase “The man who started the fight against illegal file-sharing” is used. The people who support him believe that piracy and illegal file-sharing are damaging the music industry