That's Democracy for ya
American democracy of course, not Chinese.
An American blogger faces up to a year in prison after pleading guilty to illegally uploading nine Guns N’ Roses songs onto his music site. Kevin Cogill, 28, from Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to a copyright violation, according to assistant US attorney Craig Missakian, reports Reuters. He had been accused by the Feds of …
These sort of rulings probably do more damage than help.
My understanding of the article, and the case, is that this is a fan who runs a blog, promoting the band. He wasn't selling on the music, nor making it available for download (although I recognise it would be a trivial task for someone who has a clue to grab the stream). All he's done is break the copyright. While that is technically a breach of a law, I think prosecuting for this sort of usage is overbearing and counterproductive.
I wasn't likely to buy the new G'n'R album anyway, but I'd be even less inclined to do so now, considering how their record label is treating their fans.
Well, I think the guy probably deserved something for for having probably no brains in streaming the music. At least he is in possession of stolen material.
The week when the album was released, it was third on the sales list with something like 275,000 copies [in the US?].
While it's not a great album, it's listenable at least.
This is nuts, surely the record company and artist have benefited from the hype, now they ruin all that by this wasted prosecution.
I was dead keen to get this album but now it is just a symbol of the greed in the record industry and now I will not buy it or see any concerts.
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