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Warner exec Twitters that blogger is 'stupid brat'

An 18-year-old Norwegian blogger whines on Twitter he can't download the new Dave Matthews album on iTunes because he's not in the U.S. A Warner exec soon Twitters that he should steal it and write about it on his "stupid brat blog."

In the Land of Fjords, the Pirate Bay verdict has made everyone rattle their sabers.

Or, at least, tweet their turbulence.

An 18-year-old Norwegian student called Even felt his hackles rising beyond the waterline because he was unable to download the new Dave Matthews album on iTunes.

His misfortune was to not live in the United States, a misfortune that made him somewhat miserable.

According to blogger Thomas Moen, Even tweeted this approximate translation in Norwegian: "I'm pissed! iTunes is only allowing downloads of the new Dave Matthews Band album if you live in the US! And they complain about pirating."

It was heartfelt. It was eloquent. It was topical.

I'm not sure you can pirate this one either. CC Kevin Dooley/Flickr

You might have imagined that his followers would tweet back their touching concern, putting a socially networked arm around his troubled shoulders.

But you might not have imagined that Warner Music Norway's Terje Pedersen was on to Even's Tweet like a mountain lion that suddenly gets a taste for canary.

He apparently replied, again according to Moen's translation: "Then I suggest you steal it and write about the process in your stupid brat blog. We don't want you to get upset."

Ah, customer service. It's not dead. It's merely expanding its humane boundaries in the people-cuddling Kingdom of Norway.

Interestingly, both men's Twitter profile pictures show them looking as if they mean business, their arms folded, ready for an aggressive act.

One can, however, only surmise Pedersen's logic.

Perhaps he thought: "What the hell is an 18-year-old doing getting emotional about Dave Matthews? We're targeting Dave at alfalfa-chewing, pot-smoking, Lecithin-on-their-cornflakes-sprinkling 35-year-olds. This bugger's going to ruin our marketing."

Or perhaps: "My special corporate management training has taught me that, at the very mention of the word 'pirate', I must unleash my Twittering sword and thrust it in the direction of any Twitterer wearing a hoodie, a baseball cap or a brand new Dave Matthews T-shirt."

However, one can only become excited at the fun that will now ensue throughout Norway, Sweden, and the rest of the Twitterate world.

I see Sen. George Mitchell being sent out to deal with this one.