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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    Casey, 11 Nov 2008 @ 5:23am

    No one has said the guy is innocent. I don't see where anyone has even come close to making that case. He stole the album and put it online.

    Then the government diverted X million of my taxpayer dollars from national security to track this guy down for what is now a misdemeanor. Can you imagine how much money it would take for the FBI to get involved in every civil case in this country? There is no victim here, people are out money if anything. That is a civil case.

    I think that is what we are arguing. So if we could get past people agreeing that he did something wrong, which we all agree he did... even the article.

    I'm fine with GNR prosecuting this fan into oblivian and ruining his life if they want to. I'm sure the RIAA will make a case that he owes Eleventy billion dollars in settlement. They should pay the taxpayer back first though, since we all had to pay to get the FBI involved.

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