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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  1. identicon
    Lonnie E. Holder, 11 Nov 2008 @ 11:15am

    Re: Re: THEFT FIRST

    Killer_Tofu:

    Question: How did this person obtain files that were unavailable to the public? If he HACKED into someones computer illegally, and if he TOOK information from that computer that he was unauthorized to TAKE, then he arrived at the computer "empty-handed," so to speak, and left with something that he did not bring with him, thus he took or STOLE something.

    I called his action THEFT because that was what the investigation was originally directed to. Clearly, when someone goes onto or into someone else's property, and takes something from that person's property that they did not have when they arrived at that property, and they did so unauthorized, then they are a THIEF. The FBI was unable to determine whether the blogger was a THIEF, so they charged him for the CRIME they could prove, COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT of U.S. federal laws.

    Furthermore, the guy has already essentially pled GUILTY, so he clearly realized that the EVIDENCE of his CRIME was supported BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT. So, you may doubt all you wish, but that is what the COURTS decided, and what the blogger agreed to.

    Someone broke into something somewhere, took information that did not belong to them, and they committed

    THEFT THEFT THEFT THEFT THEFT

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