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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    Killer_Tofu (profile), 13 Nov 2008 @ 6:27am

    Okay Lonnie

    I apologize. All of my arguments have been focused entirely on music as data.
    I was still focusing on music even when you wanted to jump to all types of data.
    The oringal post was about music. My replies are quite valid, with regards to music.
    So I suppose we do agree.
    And your arguments do make much more sense when music is not included as the focus.
    Although, I believe I did acknowledge that different laws and rules apply when talking about something other than music.

    And not a troll, I took the time to amend that statement to say no troll. You do not really display the characteristics of a troll. Part of the things that make you not a troll is your willingness to discuss, and you actually linked to stuff that supported your argument, even if I feel it was off topic.

    With regards to music, I am still sure I am pretty on spot. With regards to other types of data, or data meant to be confidential, yah, you were pretty on spot on as well, but I felt I was pointing out how they are different from music.

    I just disagree with calling it theft just because the CD was not released yet. It not being released is what bumped this up from a civil copyright infringement to criminal copyright infringement. That is the basis for my disagreement over that point.

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