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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    Killer_Tofu (profile), 11 Nov 2008 @ 7:05am

    NOT THEFT - NOT STEALING

    I will reiterate again (again based on oh so many blog posts before this). It is impossible to steal this. The fan in no way stole anything. If he stole a physical disc, he stole the disc, but not the music.
    It is copyright infringement. The case is over copyright infringement, not theft. He took the music, sure, but does GNR still have their music? Yup. It is copyright infringement. The courts have stated this many times. Calling it theft does not help the discussion and just makes one appear slightly ignorant or like you are purposely trying to spread disinformation.


    As for you saying it is GNR choice for what business model to use, and that he is messing it up, you do realize everything else that is going on right? They are still releasing the discs. They will probably still do concerts. I would say his release has not changed their business model at all. Everything they were planning on doing before this leak, they are still doing. So your argument about being able to choose a business model is kind of moot. It is not like they are saying "ohmigawd a leak online, don't release any cds, we quit life". Not to mention, the internet has been around awhile now. This whole music downloading from internet thing had been around awhile now. If their business model WAS banked on it never being online (which it wasn't) then I would just call them stupid to begin with.

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