Digital Music Downloads: Artists Have Their Say. Article.
"In the middle of the park is Metallica, who has been quite vocal in the past in promoting the changing face of music; back in 2003 they allowed fans to download their music via the internet and in 2006 made their entire back catalogue available. Lars Ulrich was recently interviewed by San Francisco based radio station Live 105, and in regard to his new album said that "If this thing leaks all over the world today or tomorrow, happy days. It's 2008 and it's part of how it is these days"."
I find it interesting to see that this journalist either has forgotten or just don't see fit to mention that before that in 2000, Metallica became the center of a big shitstorm when they came out heavily against unauthorized downloading. It seems that they have made a successful turnaround after Danish Lars Ulrich became "the most hated man in rock and roll" in his own words.