Blogger Sentenced to One Year Probation for Leaking Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy, Forced to Make Ad for RIAA
Published Jul 14, 2009After pleading guilty to leaking part of Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy, 28-year-old blogger Kevin Cogill has been sentenced to a year's probation.
According to Billboard, Cogill will also serve two months of home confinement, have his computer subject to "government scrutiny" and - the icing on the cake - record a public service announcement for the Recording Industry Association of America. However, he will not be fined.
As we previously reported last year, the U.S. blogger confessed to uploading nine Chinese Democracy tracks to the website Antiquiet in June 2008 and was charged with one misdemeanour count of copyright infringement. He initially faced a maximum of a year in prison.
As for that ad for the RIAA, prosecutor Kevin Missakian told Wired that it would be either a radio or television message of "Kevin talking about the importance of protecting copyright holders' rights in their songs and movies."
Missakian went on to say the U.S. government was "satisfied" with the sentence, but "the government had asked for some jail time in hopes of sending a stronger message."
Today in court, Cogill said that he posted the tracks to promote the band, not hurt it, Billboard reports.