We don’t often get the chance to compare Anthrax to Kiss, but when it comes to attitudes towards music piracy, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian is definitely in the Gene Simmons ballpark. “You lose your Internet. That’s it, no more Internet for you. Seriously! Like you drive drunk, you lose the privilege of driving. You download illegally, you lose the privilege of having the Internet. The punishment fits the crime,” he tells an interviewer.
“You’re stealing! It’s stealing, that’s what it is. It’s not free for us to make these records. These records are on sale in many, many places where you can pay your money to buy the product that we are selling. Anything outside of that is stealing… Everyone can say that, “I just wanted to check it out,” or “There’s no way for me to get music where I live.” That’s bullshit. It’s fucking bullshit! I’ve been doing this for way too long. I sold records in the ’80s and ’90s before there was an Internet, and no one seemed to have a problem going out and buying a shit ton of records back then.”