Backstory: Back in 2000, some college kids decided that the world needed cheaper music, so they started Napster. That was relatively cool with pretty much everyone. Except Metallica.
That's really all the backstory you need. There was a legal battle, things got ugly, but that was 16 years ago! Now here we are and pretty much everyone has let it go except, you guessed it, Metallica. Ok, not all of Metallica, just Lars Ulrich.
Ulrich was recently interviewed by Mojo and he got all spiced up again. He basically said, like he always has, that it was never about greed or money for Metallica, and just about control. He also said that there were other artists who supported them, but they were too scared to go public. He claims everyone except Dr. Dre was "too shit fucking scared and too much of a pussy to take a step forward."
It's hard to find a full version of the interview digitally, but you can catch the bulk of it HERE thanks to Blabbermouth. All in all, it just sounds to me like Lars Ulrich is desperately trying to make himself individually relevant again, which is weird, considering Metallica is about to drop what may be the biggest album in a decade. But here we are, arguing over whether or not he's really that greedy...