Music Blogger Kevin Cogill Leaks Guns N’ Roses Song and Gets A Felony

Posted Aug 29, 2008

“I hope he rots in jail,” stated Slash, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist. “It’s going to affect the sales of the record, and it’s not fair. The Internet is what it is, and you have to deal with it accordingly, but I think if someone goes and steals something, it’s theft.”

Kevin Cogill is a music blogger that resides in Culver City, Calif. Cogill leaked 9 unreleased tracks from the upcoming Guns N’ Roses album, “Chinese Democracy.” Cogill will either go to jail for 3 years or pay up to $250,000. Five FBI agents arrested Cogill at his apartment after he published the leaked tracks.

After Guns N’ Roses’ lawyers complained about the leaked tracks, Cogill immediately removed it this past June. Cogill was charged under with a 3 year old anti-piracy law that states that copyright work cannot be distributed on a computer network before the release.

Cogill used to work at Universal Music and currently works on a site called Crave Online. Cogill published the leaked songs on Antiquiet. Antiquiet published the news about their blogger’s imprisonment here.

The FBI questioned Cogill about where he got the music from. After Cogill asked the FBI whether his case would be closed, they told him that his troubles have not even begun.

Guns N’ Roses have been working on the “Chinese Democracy” album for over 10 years. Guns N’ Roses is currently signed with Geffen Records.

Related Link:
1. The L.A. Times