Artistic Hissy Fits: Stephanie Meyer and Metallica

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09/17/2008 4:45 PM |

The fifth installment of Stephanie Meyer’s insanely beloved YA Twilight series, about a girl who falls in lurve with a vampire, leaked onto the Interwebs. The author is not pleased. Times like these, one has to ask: What Would Rowling Do? She’d sue the pants off the person who let their precious copy escape into evil hands! But not Meyer. She’s just bumming instead.

“The manuscript that was illegally distributed on the Internet was
given to trusted individuals for a good purpose. I have no comment
beyond that, as I believe that there was no malicious intent with the
initial distribution,” she wrote in a posting on her website.

But Meyer, 34, said this was a huge violation of her rights of an
author as well as her rights as a human being as she owned the
copyright and had the say when the book should be made public.

She said musicians and filmmakers also had the same rights and it
was dishonest of anyone to download material off the Internet and to
reproduce and distribute it.

“This has been a very upsetting experience for me, but I hope it
will at least leave my fans with a better understanding of copyright
and the importance of artistic control,” wrote Meyer.

“I feel too sad about what has happened to continue working on “Midnight Sun,” and so it is on hold indefinitely.”

And how are the members of Metallica handling the early leak of their new album Death Magnetic?
All that therapy must have done some good, because at least they face
facts. The same can’t be said for their handlers, who really should get
schooled about how PR and positive press works, even if it comes a tad
too early:

“It’s 2008 and it’s part of how it is these days.” Whether their
management will be quite as philosophical is questionable. Earlier this
summer a playback of Death Magnetic was organised for a variety
of music magazines. turned up and wrote a fond review,
only to face irate phone calls from the band’s management demanding
it be taken offline. At which point Metallica themselves got involved,
and expressed surprise at their management’s decision: “WHY?!!! Why
take down mostly positive reviews of the new material and prevent
people from getting psyched about the next record. . . that makes no
sense to us!”

[Via New Statesman]