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 @ 5:31am

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    Peavey: You seem to be confusing things like mightymaz.

    TechDirt has several different issues with the whole "RIAA vs Everybody Else" situation:

    A) It doesn't make BUSINESS sense from the perspective of the artist.
    B) Most artists don't realize they no longer NEED a *recording* industry, even small time ones.
    C) Copyright Infringement is a CIVIL issue, but is being treated as a felonious crime (such as rape or murder) by law enforcement.
    D) Such treatment of copyright infringement borders on unconstitutional and in general is questionable on the grounds that TAX PAYER money is used for private litigation between an abusive and well funded professional legal team and college students.

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