Blogger's Arrest Resulted In Much More Downloading Of GNR Music

from the wrong-approach dept

Last month, of course, there was a big story around the FBI arresting a blogger who was accused of posting the music files from Guns N' Roses latest album. He now faces many years in jail, despite simply being a fan helping to promote GNR. As we pointed out, this was a huge mistake by GNR, as appearing anti-fan is a move that will almost always backfire.

As if to provide even more evidence of that, Bob Lefsetz does a quick email back-and-forth with Eric Garland of BigChampagne, the company that tracks file sharing activity. Garland points out that prior to the arrest, there was almost no file sharing of the album, despite the fact that the leak happened a while back. However, since the arrest, the numbers have shot way up, as the arrest has really only served to alert the public that the album is available for download on BitTorrent.

Now, the cynical among you (you know who you are) may conclude that this is all a marketing ploy by the band, knowing that it would attract a lot more attention for the album, and that's why they did it. Of course, that doesn't explain why the FBI is involved and why a fan of the band may now have to sit in jail for many years for helping to promote the band. If this really is a cynical marketing ploy, it's rather sickening that the FBI is assisting and a big fan of the band may end up in jail for it.

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    B in Dayton, 10 Sep 2008 @ 6:06pm

    Once Again, Our Tax dollars at work...

    Despite the fact that Guns n Roses basically suck now and probably will forever, this douche bag hacking in and stealing their shit is not cool. That being said, spending the resources necessary to have the freaking FBI prosecute him is way more than I think is necessary. We have lots of other things the FBI should be concerned with. Fine the douche bag and make him listen to Barry Manilow for a while, but for crying out loud, have the FBI keeping tabs on MAJOR crimes, kidnappings, and domestic terrorism.

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