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 @ 7:36am

    THEFT FIRST

    The FBI originally questioned the guy that uploaded the songs (copyright infringement) as to where he got them from; i.e., they were investigating the THEFT of the songs, since there were no physical recordings anywhere in the public domain and the only way that he could have obtained the songs was by committing a criminal act, or by getting them from someone who committed a criminal act. Since they were unable to prove that he STOLE the songs, they ended up charging him with CRIMINAL COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT.

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