Metallica showed up at Live 105 headquarters today to drop off four truck loads of the names and license plate numbers of local Bay Area commuters caught listening to their songs over the radio.
“Apparently kids today own these little black boxes called ‘radios’ that receive free transmissions through the air that can then emit music wherever they are. This technology is much more destructive to the music industry than the Napster menace which we are currently wasting our time fighting,” ranted Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.
The lawyer for the group, William Jameson, said “The radio technology utilizes electromagnetic waves that can travel through the air without being seen. The visible light spectrum, to which our eyes are sensitive, is between 400-700 nm. Radio waves are around 1m, making them undetectable to the naked eye. This exploitation of Metallica’s music must stop.”
This “radio” technology is much more sophisticated and does not require telephone wires, modems, Internet providers, or proprietary software like Napster or Winamp to run. Unsure what they can do to protect their “art” Metallica has issued a “cease and desist” order to Live 105.