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We the undersigned, fans of Ryan Adams, are disappointed to learn of the indictment of Robert Thomas of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Jared Bowser of Jacksonville, Florida. This indictment was based on the leaking of four tracks from the album Jacksonville City Nights on their web site tobeyoung.org. While we realize that their act may have been a potential violation of federal copyright law, we also believe that these men are truly the wrong target in the battle against on-line music piracy. While there are many outlets for rampant file sharing (limewire, gnutella, bittorrent, etc.), these men were, and are, not part of that community or culture. Rather, they are simply die hard fans of one artist who got (perhaps overly so) enthusiastic about a new release. As evidenced by the contents of their website and the singular nature of the leak, they were motivated far more by excitement about the artist, than by any kind of fiscal piracy or theft. We, the undersigned, truly believe that their motives were pure, and that the leak of these tracks served to increase excitement and anticipation of the release amongst the Ryan Adams fan community. To all recipients of this petition, we ask that you do whatever is in your power to assist in the leniency (or complete absence) of sentencing in this case.

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