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 @ 6:26am

    Re: Re: Theft

    He is being charged with a misdemeanor, ergo it's a misdemeanor. Either way, it is a civil case. It is all about money, and the FBI do not belong in the realm of civil lawsuits. It establishes a pretty bad precedent to allow them to. I don't want to FBI involved in divorce settlements tomorrow either.

    He also didn't make a dime on releasing it. So I don't know that first sale doctrine applies. There is obviously a case for damages in stealing someone else’s copyrighted material. However it doesn't go beyond that. If he had walked into the production plant, stolen a physical copy off the line, and then reproduced it X million times for sale on Ebay I think this would be a different story.

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