Blogger Who Uploaded GNR Album Pleads Guilty, Accepts Deal

from the still-ridiculous dept

The blogger who uploaded the latest Guns N' Roses album, Chinese Democracy, and who was then arrested has apparently agreed to a plea bargain in the case. Prosecutors had already dropped the charges from a felony to a misdemeanor, and the plea deal probably means he'll get off without too much punishment -- but the whole thing still seems fairly ridiculous. It's not at all clear why the FBI wasted taxpayer money chasing down a fan who simply helped promote the music. In the end, it seems like GNR basically got tax-payer funded promotion for its latest album, while causing significant stress in the life of the guy who was in the middle of all of this. What a joke.

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    Peavey, 11 Nov 2008 @ 5:12am

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    I've got to agree with mightymaz here.

    Yes, he did help GNR promote the album. After all, we're indirectly talking about GNR's new album here. But that doesn't justify that he stole and illegally distributed the music.

    Now, if you want to argue that the music biz simply needs to wake up and change their business model, I'm all with you guys!

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