Rock band Metallica cancelled an interview with a Swedish newspaper after discovering a journalist had illegally downloaded their new album.
The Seek and Destroy hitmakers - who are famously opposed to file-sharing websites - pulled out of a chat with reporters from Sydsvenskan in protest at the publication's review of their new LP, Death Magnetic.
In the article, a journalist admitted downloading a different version of the album - and described it as better than the official cut.
Bosses at the rock band's record company cancelled a scheduled interview with the newspaper - and slammed the reviewer's behaviour as "totally unacceptable".
Per Sundin, president of Universal Music Sweden, says, "The reviewer is referring to a BitTorrent where someone has altered the original songs. The reviewer explains exactly where one should go in order to download the file that totally infringes on a copyright.
"It's not only an illegal file, but an altered file. The reviewer also writes that this is how the album should have sounded.
"File-sharing of music is illegal. Period. There's nothing to discuss. That fact - that Sydsvenskan has a writer that has downloaded this music illegally and then makes mention of an illegal site in his review - is totally unacceptable to us.
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