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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    Douglas Gresham, 11 Nov 2008 @ 3:39am

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    I don't believe Mike said it was GNR's fault that the infringement took place; I think you'll find the argument more along the lines of "why are the FBI involved in what should be a civil matter", and that GNR should recognise that leaks of this nature can benefit them, instead of beating down on someone who appears to be a fan rather than a "terrorist" or whatever other ridiculousness is being peddled today (and also that appearing anti-fan isn't good for business - see eg Metallica).

    Use of straw men makes it difficult to have a discussion on this kind of topic, let's keep to what's actually been said.

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