Boing Boing: Xeni on NPR: Beatallica back, thanks to Lars Ulrich, fair use crusader.

Boing Boing: Xeni on NPR: Beatallica back, thanks to Lars Ulrich, fair use crusader.: "Mr. Ulrich is no stranger to matters of intellectual property law and the internet. Five years ago, he stood on the steps of Napster, Inc., hauling boxes full of 300,000 names: all people he said were using Napster to ‘steal’ Metallica tunes. But things have changed. That debate was about who profited from Metallica’s music, he says, and this one is about creative rights at the heart of rock and roll itself. Ulrich says he believes that cover bands, mash-ups, and the right to re-interpret art on the internet are things worth fighting for. Thanks in part to Lars, expect to see beatallica.org online again — with a new song release — this week."

Looks like this should all be over soon, with a little help from Metallica. The web site is still down at the moment, but if Xeni’s right we should be getting it back soon.