Thursday, May 04, 2006

Chili Peppers angered by Web leak


LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- The Red Hot Chili Peppers have lashed out at a music pirate who leaked the funk-rock band's upcoming album onto the Internet, and urged fans not to download it illegally.

The band's spokeswoman said on Wednesday the offender was being tracked down. The group's highly anticipated first studio album in four years, 'Stadium Arcadium,' is still on track to go on sale on Tuesday via Warner Music Group Inc.'s Warner Bros. Records, she said.

In a rambling open letter, the band's bass player, Michael 'Flea' Balzary, said he and his colleagues would be heartbroken if fans downloaded the album beforehand.

'For people to just steal a poor sound quality version of it for free because some a--hole stole it and put it on the internet is sad to me,' he said.

'I can not put in words how much this record, 'Stadium Arcadium,' means to us, how sacred the sound of it is to us, and how many sleepless nights and hardworking days we all had thinking about how to make it be the best sounding thing we could and now, for someone to take it and put it out there with this poor sound quality it is a painful pill for us to swallow,' Balzary added.

If caught, the leaker could face the same fate as two men indicted by the U.S. government in March on allegations of making parts of an album by rock singer Ryan Adams available on the Internet before it was released.

Under a provision of the 2005 Family Entertainment and Copyright Act, which makes it a separate crime to pirate music and movies before their official release date, they each face up to 11 years in prison if convicted.

CNN.com - Chili Peppers angered by Web leak - May 4, 2006

Flea's and the Chili Peppers' hard work and time is worth you going to jail for 11 years. I guess they need to make a ton more money to buy 8 more gold toilets or some more tattoos of them buying gold toilets. I hate when rich people whine about getting ripped off. Quite honestly I even highly doubt these were his words and not the words of his publicist on behalf of the RIAA since it keeps pushing the "sound quality" issue so strong. They always act like MP3's are some how inferior to CD quality to make the CD seem more worthwhile to buy, which is totally pathetic and wrong.

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