Chinese Democracy Leaker Pleads Guilty, Could Face One Year in Prison

<i>Chinese Democracy</i> Leaker Pleads Guilty, Could Face One Year in Prison
After initially putting up a big show, the man accused of leaking Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy has changed his plea to guilty. Kevin Cogill, a 27-year-old writer for the website Antiquiet, reportedly confessed to uploading nine Chinese Democracy tracks to the internet in June and now faces a misdemeanour charge of copyright infringement.

The guilty plea comes as an attempt to reduce the charges against Cogill, who now faces a maximum of one year in prison rather than the five he could have got had he pled innocent and been convicted. Last August, he became the first Californian charged under a three-year-old federal anti-piracy law that makes it a felony to share and distribute unreleased copyright works online.

"I did what I did, and I'll face the music if I have to," Music Radar quotes Cogill as saying after being busted by the FBI in August. "If legal proceedings come my way, I'll face them 100 percent. I'm not afraid of that.”

It is still uncertain as to whether Cogill, a former employee of Guns N’ Roses’ label Universal Music Group, will be forced by the court to reveal his source for the leaks. It’s also uncertain as to whether Congill is still not afraid.