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 @ 7:03am

    Re: FBI involvement

    As in my example above. The FBI warning is for criminal cases of reproduction. ie, someone bootlegging the DVD and copying it a million times for sale on ebay/street corners worldwide. That is a criminal case.

    This case was, and has been from the start, a civil copyright protection case.

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