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, 12 Nov 2008 @ 9:02am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: THEFT FIRST

    I am glad you are not in charge of anything.
    Here in America we operate on an innocent until proven guilty system.
    The only people who see it otherwise is the RIAA and their ilk.


    I never said anything contrary to your statement (except I never said anything at all about the RIAA). All I said was that they were unable to prove that he stole the data.

    Just because somebody got investigated for something doesn't automatically make them guilty.

    Your point? This is legal 101. Neither does it make them innocent.

    All the evidence is there that he committed copyright infringement. That is what they are hitting him with.

    I think that is what I have been saying.

    "The Los Angeles man arrested on accusations that he uploaded nine pre-released Guns N' Roses songs from the upcoming Chinese Democracy album has agreed to plead guilty to one federal count of copyright infringement as part of a deal"

    Point served.


    As a result of an investigation that was also seeking to learn how the data theft originally occurred. Apparently the case was going nowhere fast and the U.S. Attorney realized that he had more important things to do than locating and prosecuting someone for stealing the data of a music group.

    I am done trying to explain the difference between theft and copyright infringement to you.

    I know the difference. However, you still do not recognize that data can be stolen, even though about 34 states and several countries do.

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