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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  1. identicon
    Lonnie E. Holder, 11 Nov 2008 @ 6:13am

    Re: Theft

    Casey:

    If you read papers on the subject of first sale, in theory the first sale of an item (and this one had yet to be sold) is in theory equal to the value of all subsequent sales. I struggle with this theory quite a bit, but the result is that this individual stole something that could potentially be worth millions. Ergo, it was a felony.

    As to why the FBI was involved, I am unable to say. However, it was clearly a crime of significant magnitude, and a law enforcement agency dealt with it as they would any other felony where the item stolen was worth millions.

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