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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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased), 11 Nov 2008 @ 6:53am

    FBI involvement

    Hmmm...on a music cd there is a label giving me an FBI warning about unauthorized reproduction. At the beginning of every DVD there is an FBI warning. The statements say that criminal charges and fines may be possible. Somewhere along the line, the FBI got involved in investigating and enforcing copyright. Now they probably have around 50 suits on a copyright task force, maybe even less. I fail to see the argument that our tax money was wasted on a civil matter. At first, the FBI's duty is to investigate. It was considered to be a criminal case. Just because it ended up being just a civil case, after all the dropped charges, you say that we wasted taxpayer money. It is the FBI's job to investigate. If the guy ended up with criminal charges, you would change your tune to something else. Is it right for the federal government to be involved in propping up industry? I would say no, but that is the deal our elected representatives struck with the industry to fund their election and re-election campaigns.

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