Kevin Cogill, the man responsible for leaking nine tracks from the long-awaited Guns N' Roses album "Chinese Democracy" last year, has been sentenced to two years probation and two months of home confinement, reports Wired.com.
Cogill, or "Skwerl" as he is known on his website Antiquiet.com, was arrested last year and pleaded guilty to copyright infringement for the nine songs he leaked onto his website. If convicted, Cogill was looking at a maximum of a year in prison and $30,000 in fines. However his sentence was reduced and along with facing two years under probation and two months under house arrest, he will have to cooperate with the Recording Industry Association of America and produce an anti-piracy public service announcement.
Prosecutor Kevin Missakian says that the announcement will feature "Kevin talking about the importance of protecting copyright holders' rights in their songs and movies." It is unclear whether the message will be made through radio, television, or both.
The Associated Press reports that Kevin appeared apologetic during the trial. He told U.S. District Magistrate Judge Paul L. Abrams that he "never intended to hurt the artist. I intended to promote the artist because I'm a fan." When it was suggested that Cogill face prison time, defense attorney David Kaloyanides insisted that his client had learned his lesson and has suffered enough for his crimes. "He did lose his job as a result of this case," Kaloyanides says.
Along with being under house arrest, Cogill will have to allow his computers to be searched or seized by the police.
Report by David Lowe-Bianco.