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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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Nov 2008 @ 5:27am

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    "Is it reasonable to interpret any violation of copyright as an attempt to assist promotion ?."

    No, it isn't. Some people just want free stuff. You have to look at it case by case. For instance, in this case the fan posted a few tracks originally in order to show how "awesome" they were.

    Also, an interesting correlation: the sales numbers dramatically increased once the arrest was announced and the news articles pointed to torrents for the album.


    "Is it possible that a blogger consistently understands the industry better than than all those people who work in it and make their living there ?."

    Yes. It's called perspective. When you are on the outside looking in you are sometimes given to more insight. You can objectively look at what has happened in the past (the whole "hindsight" thing) and more readily see where things are going wrong currently.

    The people IN the industry tend to do things because "that is how you do things" in that industry. Change is more easily made by outside factors focusing in, rather than trying to force a change from within.

    "I just read you original article - what a farce : the "fan"put the album online in some promotion attempt (presumably by making the album available for people to download and listen to), and it was only when GNR provoked the publicity that downloading took off .... so techdirt conclude it's GNR's fault that copyright violation took place !!! - get a clue."

    And you need to take a reading comprehension class if you jumped to that conclusion.

    If you bothered to really read the articles, the biggest complaint TechDirt had was the fact that TAX PAYER money was being used to track down a copyright infringer. The FBI, who are supposed to investigate CRIMINAL activity, were investigating a CIVIL dispute.

    If you bothered to actually read this blog ever you'd know the biggest complaint they have is that CIVIL issues are unconstitutionally being made CRIMINAL issues, and the Federal Government is being made to act as private investigators for Big Media.

    You can't go tell me that if it was some indie band rather than GNR the FBI would of been investigating it, or that we'd even hear about it. Fact is, this sort of thing only happens when big media companies are involved.

    So to use your own words: get a clue. You very obviously have issues understanding what people write, and do nothing but help those that wish to see the government corrupted further.

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