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.

Filed Under: guilty, guns n' roses, music, uploads


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  1. identicon
    mobiGeek, 11 Nov 2008 @ 11:58am

    Re: Little far fetch, Techdirt...

    No one is arguing that the move was contrary to the desires of the artist, and therefore a wrong move.

    What is argued is that (a) this did not justify the use of FBI resources and (b) that the desires of the copyright holder are wrong-headed.

    Note: this does NOT make the unauthorized copying okay.

    However, if the copyright-holder had a clue they'd realize that what this individual did was a favor and thus should not be considered wrong...but the copyright holder is in their right to be wrong-headed.

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