Blogger Who Leaked G N' R Tunes Arrested
August 28, 2008 at 9:26 AM (PT)
A blogger suspected of streaming songs from the unreleased GUNS N' ROSES album "Chinese Democracy" on his website was arrested WEDNESDAY and appeared in court, where his bail was set at $10,000. FBI agents arrested 27-year-old KEVIN COGILL on WEDNESDAY morning on suspicion of violating federal copyright laws. COGILL did make his court appearance TODAY, and has been released on bail
Federal authorities say COGILL posted nine unreleased GUNS N' ROSES songs on his website in JUNE. The songs were later removed.
In later posts, COGILL wrote that the FBI had questioned him and asked his readers if any of them knew a good attorney. He was represented WEDNESDAY by a federal public defender. According to an arrest affidavit, COGILL admitted to agents that he posted the songs on his website. Prosecutors said WEDNESDAY the leak could result in a "significant" financial loss for the band.
"GUNS N' ROSES representatives have been made aware of the arrest and are leaving the matter to the authorities," said LARRY SOLTERS, the band's spokesman.
"Chinese Democracy" is a much anticipated -- and repeatedly delayed -- new album by GUNS N' ROSES that is more than 10 years in the making. At least one of the album's songs could be heard legally: The band wrote on its website in JULY that its track, "Shackler's Revenge," will be featured on the video game ROCK BAND 2, slated for release in SEPTEMBER.