I understand why record companies would spend money tracking down and taking legal action against people who leak albums before their official release date. But do the feds need to be involved? Apparently the FBI has been interviewing a blogger that goes by the name of Skwerl, trying to figure out where he got nine tracks from Guns 'n' Roses' long-awaited Chinese Democracy.
What a complete waste of time and taxplayer dollars. Who's the victim of this crime? A handful of musicians who haven't had a hit record in a generation, and their managers and assorted hangers-on who are counting on them for a big payday. (That is, if you believe this was a crime at all, rather than a publicity stunt to keep the public interested in a record that's taken more than 13 years and millions of dollars and still isn't complete.) What's next--will the FBI investigate whenever a celebrity's iPod is stolen? Will they start cracking down on bootlegged concert videos?