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 @ 12:13pm

    Re: Re: Little far fetch, Techdirt...


    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.

    (A) What next? Are you going to tell the police department not to arrest shoplifters because there are more important things to do? Law enforcement nevers enforces all the laws all the time because the resources do not exist. Until you head the FBI, I suspect that they will continue to prioritize the crimes they focus on.

    (B) I think your desires are wrong-headed too, but guess what? Desires are equivalent to opinions and they are a right guaranteed under the Constitution. The desires of the copyright holder are just as right as your desires, and potentially more so in this case because criminal laws under THEFT and copyright infringement supported the copyright holder.

    As a side note, the copyright holder may be completely out of the story at this point. There is evidence of a crime independent of any complaint by the copyright holder. The Feds can prosecute on that basis.

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