Rage apologizes for Napster ban

Sure, they never call, but that's not what they're sorry for Ö the remainder of Rage Against the Machine would like to apologize to all the fans who tried to download their new release, Renegades, off of Napster the past few days, but have been kicked off the site instead. In a statement posted on the band's official website, www.ratm.com, guitarist Tom Morello voiced his disapproval of this ban ñ We "would like to sincerely apologize to all of our fans who were kicked off of Napster."

He continues, "The move to take action against Rage fans was taken completely unilaterally by our new management [Q Prime]. In their zeal to keep the record from getting out before the release date, they did not consult the band before instructing Sony Music Corp. to institute the Napster ban. As soon as I was made aware of this horrible mistake on their part, I immediately phoned our management and the record company to see what we could do to get our Napster-using fans reinstated as soon as possible. I'm told that the easiest way to get back on Napster as quickly as possible is to download one of many files floating around on the internet to get around the ban, at websites like http://www.geocities.com/lorannia/de-ban.zip or http://www.webwowser.com/cyberdevil/personal/page.asp. Per my instructions, no further notices will be sent out, and again, I apologize for this undermining of your right to hear our music. In the future we will be more vigilant about this matter." Not a good start for Q Prime and the admittedly hard-to-manage band.

So far, exactly what the "Napster ban" is isn't exactly clear, but there is a way for record companies to track and then kick off users of the service who download tracks from their artists. It should be mentioned that Q Prime also manages staunch anti-Napster supporters Metallica.

Source: CDNow news

Rage apologizes for Napster ban