Iced Earth guitarist/vocalist Jon Schaffer has commented on the recent wave of filesharing lawsuits launched by his bands record label Century Media Records. Among those targeted are illegal downloader’s of the groups 2011 release, “Dystopia“.
Speaking through the bands Facebook, he offered:
“It has come to my attention that Century Media is suing fans over illegal downloads of (among others) our latest album ‘Dystopia’. I felt it was important to clarify that we had no knowledge of this motion and were, sadly, not asked permission.
We all know the music industry is changing. We have been adapting to this model by embracing legal streaming services such as Spotify and by bringing our music to places we have never played before by touring our proverbial asses off.
As much as we respect that the labels are having a harder time selling music, we feel this is a misguided effort and want to make sure our fans know we would have not given our consent would we have been asked.”
A copy of one of the lawsuits in question can be found online over at Scribd.com.