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 @ 12:58pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: THEFT FIRST

    Killer_Tofu:

    You should look stuff up before you post.

    U.S. Court of Appeals (seems like a court to me) called the copying of data from computers "information theft."

    http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/files/5W1FFXPR.pdf

    The USDOJ convicted a man for "data theft," to use the DOJ's words:

    http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/cybercrime/scottPlea.pdf

    A nice definition of data theft and its illegality:

    http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/d/datathef.htm

    Here is yet another federal court that notes on page 5 that the government sought to "...prove that Levine benefitted financially from the stealing of Acxiom data."

    Again, deny that COURTS call these actions theft if it allows you to live in your little dream world, BUT COURTS DISAGREE WITH YOU.

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