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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    Lonnie E. Holder, 11 Nov 2008 @ 7:22am

    Re: Re: Re: Theft

    He is being charged with a misdemeanor, ergo it's a misdemeanor.

    He was originally charged with a FELONY.

    Either way, it is a civil case.

    I am sure you did not mean to say this. Felony or misdemeanor, both are CRIMINAL offenses, NOT civil. Indeed, reducing the CRIMINAL charges for his FEDERAL offense from felony to misdemeanor merely means that his maximum prison time goes from 5 years to 1 year.

    He also didn't make a dime on releasing it.

    Many burglars never get a chance to spend the money they steal, but that still makes them eligible for prison time.

    Incidentally, what kind of law do you practice?

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