"can no longer maintain the illusion that it isn't complete shite."
Hahaha! First genuine LOL for ages from this cynical BOFH!
The FBI has arrested a 27-year-old American blogger for leaking some unreleased Guns N' Roses tunes to the internet. According to The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times, the Feds cuffed Culver City, California's Kevin Cogill on Wednesday morning, two months after his web site Antiquiet served up nine tunes from "Chinese …
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I'm not sure, but I would recommend focusing on the murderers, rapists and thieves.
These aren't thieves. They found files on the internet and provided links to them. This is completely out of proportion to the "crime".
Next thing we'll have people arrested for LOLCAT posts. Some of those photos are copyright material.
We are being too harsh on the Feds and GnR's management, they have actually had the site taken down and arrested the guy to prevent any futher distribution of the 'music' of Guns n Yawns. They are to be applauded for their attempts to contain this tripe, hopefully they will now realise the danger and burn the master tapes too.
They got all the terrorists and corporate swindlers and kiddy fiddlers and crack dealers and we can all go skipping through the streets to welcome the coming of the blissful utopia we have long been promised.
The one with the ticket to rural Portugal in it. (Yup, i'm not just whingeing, I can see whats coming (come?) and I've made arrangements)
And it hasn't been since the rest of the originals left and their slots have been filled by whichever session musicians are hungry & desperate enough to put up with his Axl's tantrums for a few days at a time.
<- The one with cherished vinyl copies of Appetite and Lies in the pockets.
The continued delay of Chinese Democracy is the only lure the band has that keeps them from being forgotten alongside all the other bands of that era. It's what keeps people buying tickets for their gigs, and it's what keeps GnR in the press.
If you listen to the Chinese Destruction bootleg available on TPB, you can hear for yourself how poor Axl's songwriting has become. If that was released publicly, the band would be finished. Nowt wrong with a little litigation to protect your own future, is there?
Oooh.. that's a bit controversial! He does/did have talent, but he was so smacked out and drunk that he fired off the very reason they were all famous: the rest of the band! From what I saw at Download 06, he was just a grumpy old twat with no respect for anyone else..
He was a songwriter, and one of the most recognisable vocalists in the rock business, but to say he had no talent..? Naughty Graham, naughty..
@AC above: Agreed. No need to listen to anything new from G'n'f'n'R as Velvet Revolver did a good job. Just glad they binned off the anorexic junkie... Should have stayed as the EX-Stone Temple Pilots front man.
Anyway, Chinese Democracy was just a disaster waiting to happen... It doesn't matter who releases it first.. it's still shite
Paris, because she knows when she needs to release some good stuff on to the net.
I have listened to "Chinese Democracy" (beta) and it isn't good... This guy did Axl a favor, because now he can tell his label ( which reportedly gave him $13 million over 14 years for this album ) that it would have been a giant hit if it wasn't for those criminal downloaders. Because the labels believe and want to hear that downloading/sharing is ruining their business, Axl now has an excuse!
>>>Must no threshold be met before a recording can be protected under copyright as a work of art?
Technically, you possess the copyright to a work the moment you create it. If you record yourself singing some made up tune, you possess the copyright to that recording, whether you do anything with it or not.
What's funny, though, is that not a whole lot is going to happen. It's pretty tough to prove damages when the infringed work isn't purchasable (particularly when it's not even evident that the work will EVER be released).
You need what we call a "lobbyist" in order to get the FBI to do your bidding. There are quite a few lobbyist's in most major cities in the US - they can get you what you want, ensure national security, and eliminate pedophiles, all in one fell swoop. And the best part is neither you or the lobbyist have to obey the law.
If you haven't done so already, I recommend you get a lobbyist ASAP - everybody needs one.
I was reading in a recent Los Angeles Times about the problem that the FBI has had with the mortgage companies a few days ago. They spotted the potential for fraud two or three years ago but they were unable to do anything much about it because they were so short staffed, what with the investigation priorities being firmly biased towards terrorism.
....and illegal file sharing, apparently. Mr. Rose loses a few bucks (maybe -- and that's a big maybe) while the rest of us get screwed for tens or hundreds of billions.
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