Everyone's got an opinion, everyone's pissed... I get it...
Even though I had kind of moved on from GNR, this thing kinda pulled me in for a bit, because like everyone else, I got curious about the songs, I'm not an hypocrite, I wanted to hear those songs as much as you, but here's the deal... You can't really blame Rick for it!
I mean I know you wanna hear those songs, but do you realize what it would take for that? Do you realize that Rick has a family and he could have been going against a billionaire, or a trillionaire record company in court and their expensive lawyers?
Any dumb moves and he would completely fuck up his life.... and for what??? a bunch of songs ??.... Please...
Rick did the smart thing, for him and his family.
I Dunno what happened really, but if he got himself a deal with the band's management... Good For him! If he didn't he still made the right choice. No songs are worth a life.
He could have risked Jail time, or a huge fine that he probably can't pay.
I think in this kind of situations we have to look at the big picture. Rick did that, good on Rick!