Chinese Democracy Leaker Sentenced To House Arrest

Kevin Cogill has been sentenced to two years probation and two months of home confinement.

Chinese Democracy Leaker Sentenced To House Arrest
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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.

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    neversleeps84
    Hamham272 wrote: I enjoyed the album, anyone who dislikes it seems to think that their opinions count when an artist makes a new album. NEWS FLASH! Axl Rose made this for himself not you guys, get over your self important bullshit, n00bs.
    Actually, peoples opinions do count when an artist makes an album, whether they are fans or not. It seems you think that only the people who like the albums opinions should count, which is extremely biased. Also, if Axl made this album for himself, he should have kept it to himself instead of hyping it and making fans wait for so long, releasing it, and then not touring on it. If it wasn't intended for people to hear, he should let all the tracks for the album rot in Pro Tools.
    sds5000
    shipping_steel wrote: they should force him to listen to chinese democracy for the duration of his home arrest
    ROFLMAO
    zekk
    neversleeps84 wrote: Hamham272 wrote: I enjoyed the album, anyone who dislikes it seems to think that their opinions count when an artist makes a new album. NEWS FLASH! Axl Rose made this for himself not you guys, get over your self important bullshit, n00bs. Actually, peoples opinions do count when an artist makes an album, whether they are fans or not. It seems you think that only the people who like the albums opinions should count, which is extremely biased. Also, if Axl made this album for himself, he should have kept it to himself instead of hyping it and making fans wait for so long, releasing it, and then not touring on it. If it wasn't intended for people to hear, he should let all the tracks for the album rot in Pro Tools.
    Damn good posting.
    RighteousMagik
    Abidz wrote: [quote]Abidz wrote: kellen.dobmeier wrote: So he's being sentenced to this punishment because he allowed people to find out that the album would suck before it came out thus stopping a bunch of people from buying the album the moment it was released? Okay..... 1- Way to not realize that other peoples opinions do apply when your talking about music. 2- Only an idiot would but an album without knowing at least a couple songs off it first, so they would deserve to get a shit record. 3- And I thought that Chinese Democracy was an excellent record, so go look up the definition of the word "opinion" and keep it in mind.
    to be honest you should also look up the word "opinion".(btw you de-validate yourself in the first sentence) just because he didn't like the album doesn't mean that you have to diss like it to agree with him. where as he doesn't have to like it to agree that you liking it is an opinion. both of you sticking strongly to your side doesn't mean that the other is trying to devalue your comment, or stating that its false. (to the person their view is fact) He factually doesn't care for the album, while you factually do. lets all just get along Ps they release singles as a (sample of the record) if its a good album those are either the more mainstream tracks or the better tracks (sometimes both). if its crappy then people have heard the (#) good tracks with out realising the rest sucks.
    Rain Lancer
    Revolover wrote: He should be given a medal for saving people from making the mistake of wasting good money on a shit record
    Agreed
    POWERMETAL!
    LMAO! house arresting someone who committed a computer crime (in their house) would be like sending someone convicted of grand theft auto to a car lot to think about what they've done..
    HammettFTW
    what the hell is a house arrest? sounds like being grounded or some shit like that? shame chinese democracy wasnt very good, oh well, at least bumblefoot still rocks balls
    TryingYourLuck
    shipping_steel wrote: they should force him to listen to chinese democracy for the duration of his home arrest
    hahaha that would suck. hes going to beg apitite for destruction
    HammettFTW
    maidenfan15 wrote: Wow, let's all jump on the Chinese Democracy bandwagon. How many of you actually listened to the album all the way through instead of being told by your friend that it sucks? Listen to Street of Dreams, Better, There Was A Time, This I Love, and Sorry. Can you honestly tell me those are worse than the Spaghetti Incident or most of the music out nowadays? It's fine if you don't like the album, but that doesn't mean it's bad. Who here can give me a LEGITIMATE reason why the album is bad? Legitimate meaning not complaining that it's just Axl or that it took 15 years to make.
    to me it sounded way too overproduced. there wasnt enough soul. theres many reasons more that i would part wiht if we were discussing in person. i really wanted to enjoy the album, but i must say i was dissapointed when i listened to it.
    Paro_metalhead
    [quote]KingGohma wrote: manulus2002 wrote: he could just take the harddrives out of the computers they're searching xd nah dude u hav no idea wat cops r capable of, they can apparently recover lost files after defragment. and yes i thought the album suckd anyway haha
    PIMO
    lol axls mad cuz his "MASTERPIECE 14 yrs in the making album" got leaked big whoop failed anyway
    blackstarf
    shipping_steel wrote: they should force him to listen to chinese democracy for the duration of his home arrest
    wowowowowow comon man that is just inhuman they want to punish the man not torture him
    King Herman III
    kamikaze_74 wrote: IainDavies_2 wrote: that's a fair punishement. i'm not against dowloading a few songs from an album (say there are 10 songs and u only like two, then fine) but downloading whole discographies for free is unfair. if u like the whole album, have the consideration and respect for the artist to buy it, Jesus Christ!!! so the record company and retailers can keep all the money and give the artist his 2% you mean? hmm, wouldn't it be better to pay to see the artist on tour so they get a better share of the money?
    It's not about the money, it's about the music. Coming from a local "star" who may never get anywhere other then local clubs and what not, the music is what matters. People put their heart and soul into music, and that's when you get the classics. Other times, bands put other peoples hearts and souls into the songs and they become a brand. I'm not the best at putting my thoughts together, so I hope someone can understand where I'm going with this and explain it a little better.
    wrathchild666
    They should do a public service announcement about things that matter like munchausen by proxy, not copywright infringement. Don't smother your kids.
    spencer Cr
    seriously guys would you really expect guns and roses to make a another typical album when actual band all left to form velvot revolver?? axel's only mistake on the new album was naming it a guns and roses album. if he called it something else people would have/be looking at it very differently. i personally like the album.
    FlyingPirahna
    Everyone is saying how bad CD was, but yet we have the Offspring talking about making another shitty album. Think about it.
    Sigil One
    house arrest??? are you kidding me??? That doesnt make sense...at least make the punishment match the crime. Thanks Axl for making GN'R look like a joke.
    kamikaze_74
    IainDavies_2 wrote: that's a fair punishement. i'm not against dowloading a few songs from an album (say there are 10 songs and u only like two, then fine) but downloading whole discographies for free is unfair. if u like the whole album, have the consideration and respect for the artist to buy it, Jesus Christ!!!
    so the record company and retailers can keep all the money and give the artist his 2% you mean? hmm, wouldn't it be better to pay to see the artist on tour so they get a better share of the money?
    nefootball80
    They probably arrested him because that horrible ****ing album ruined peoples hearing.
    Hamham272
    I enjoyed the album, anyone who dislikes it seems to think that their opinions count when an artist makes a new album. NEWS FLASH! Axl Rose made this for himself not you guys, get over your self important bullshit, n00bs.
    cjlane
    I don't think this punishment is necessary, it isn't like he's a threat to society or anything.
    trendkill-
    cjlane wrote: I don't think this punishment is necessary, it isn't like he's a threat to society or anything.
    and we waited 18 years or soo for a bad album...thats crim in its self
    maidenfan15
    For people saying Slash was the best part of the band, Izzy was. End of story. The only album they put out after he left was a crappy cover album. And to those saying it shouldn't be called Guns N' Roses because only Axl is left, it should never have been called Guns N' Roses. The name came from Tracii GUNS and Axl ROSE. The name should have been changed after Tracii left. But as long as his name is Axl ROSE, he has the right to that name.
    apak
    shipping_steel wrote: they should force him to listen to chinese democracy for the duration of his home arrest
    no way. That's freakin immoral. All forms of torture are illegal in America
    CrazyWyteGuy
    Chinese Democracy wasn't a bad album. It for sure wasn't Appetite for Destruction but it was alot better than The Spaghetti Incident. Not every release can match up to how an artist was in their Glory Days. --James
    supea
    ctb wrote: Knock, knock, knocking on Kevin's dooooorrrr.
    Never laughed this hard lol
    tands
    shipping_steel wrote: they should force him to listen to chinese democracy for the duration of his home arrest
    death sentence? lets be reasonable
    David_Bowie=GOD
    tvotr wrote: siverstorm wrote: shipping_steel wrote: they should force him to listen to chinese democracy for the duration of his home arrest +1Eternal_w wrote: Axl is the one who diserves thatGunsN'Roses_FAN wrote: thts soooo overdone i hate axl rose **** you made us wait 10 ****ing years! I'm really growing tired of people (Either in web forums or in person) complaining about Axl Rose & Chinese Democracy. Yes, the album did not live up to the hype. We get it, and we have known this since last November. The endless comments like "Axl is a piece of shit, he made us wait 15 years for this album!", "It's not Guns N' Roses anymore!", had to have been written by 12 year olds. It IS Guns N' Roses, with a different lineup. Last time I checked (real) musicians do not write music to please their fans, and they also do not hurry up and release an album so the fans can be happy, but for some reason that's all everyone wanted Axl Rose to do when releasing this album. Do you still think that after 20 years, it's still going to sound like classic Guns N' Roses? Look at what two decades of aging has done to acts like Metallica. It's a LONG time
    But Metallica still sounds like Metallica. Different, yes, but it still has the Metallica sound. Chinese Democracy does not sound anything like Guns N Roses. Im not saying it should sound just like the old band, but if hes gonna keep going on as Guns N Roses when hes the only original member left, it should at least sound a little bit like the old band. He should have just gone solo, he wasn't the brains behind GnR, and the new album shows that.
    maidenfan15
    Wow, let's all jump on the Chinese Democracy bandwagon. How many of you actually listened to the album all the way through instead of being told by your friend that it sucks? Listen to Street of Dreams, Better, There Was A Time, This I Love, and Sorry. Can you honestly tell me those are worse than the Spaghetti Incident or most of the music out nowadays? It's fine if you don't like the album, but that doesn't mean it's bad. Who here can give me a LEGITIMATE reason why the album is bad? Legitimate meaning not complaining that it's just Axl or that it took 15 years to make.
    huevos
    shipping_steel wrote: they should force him to listen to chinese democracy for the duration of his home arrest
    Capital punishment is more suitable than that crime against humanity. Axl should be arrested for attempted genocide. He's the real criminal here.
    Metalmangini
    shipping_steel wrote: they should force him to listen to chinese democracy for the duration of his home arrest
    hahaha woah thats a bit too much its not like he killed someone
    SilverSpurs616
    IainDavies_2 wrote: that's a fair punishement. i'm not against dowloading a few songs from an album (say there are 10 songs and u only like two, then fine) but downloading whole discographies for free is unfair. if u like the whole album, have the consideration and respect for the artist to buy it, Jesus Christ!!!
    Amen, man. Amen
    SweepSDMF
    kamikaze_74 wrote: IainDavies_2 wrote: that's a fair punishement. i'm not against dowloading a few songs from an album (say there are 10 songs and u only like two, then fine) but downloading whole discographies for free is unfair. if u like the whole album, have the consideration and respect for the artist to buy it, Jesus Christ!!! so the record company and retailers can keep all the money and give the artist his 2% you mean? hmm, wouldn't it be better to pay to see the artist on tour so they get a better share of the money?
    rather 2% than 0% i guess...
    queenslander47
    POWERMETAL! wrote: LMAO! house arresting someone who committed a computer crime (in their house) would be like sending someone convicted of grand theft auto to a car lot to think about what they've done..
    only thing worse would be a stoner on house arrest cos he's been done for possession. he's not leaving the house anyway! (thank you arj barker)
    Teh Skisgaars
    no other band or rather no other man, other than axl would fight like that maybe lars 5 years ago but theyve changed thankgod
    hak_hap
    gosh... ~_~' you guys are quoting each other like idiots...but anyways... ...axl rose is full of himself and still cant deliver anything but crap that is worse than stiltskin... ...and kurt cobain hated him for the right reasons...
    FearOfTheDuck
    Poor guy, Chinese Democracy was way overproduced and had too many computer effects and shit, i don't know how they'd do it live. And Axl's voice sounded horrible, too many layers and eugh it was just lame over hyped exuse for an album that everyone will forget about. You know Axl doesn't give a crap about the fans, if he did then Chinese Democracy would not have taken 15 years to make and he would be on tour right now.
    Lemoninfluence
    WesBizarre wrote: I dont get why people's comments get deleted on this thing freedom of speech man
    you don't have freedom of speech. also, checked.
    Nite`
    BlueFuzion101 wrote: tvotr wrote: I'm really growing tired of people (Either in web forums or in person) complaining about Axl Rose & Chinese Democracy. Yes, the album did not live up to the hype. We get it, and we have known this since last November. The endless comments like "Axl is a piece of shit, he made us wait 15 years for this album!", "It's not Guns N' Roses anymore!", had to have been written by 12 year olds. It IS Guns N' Roses, with a different lineup. Last time I checked (real) musicians do not write music to please their fans, and they also do not hurry up and release an album so the fans can be happy, but for some reason that's all everyone wanted Axl Rose to do when releasing this album. Do you still think that after 20 years, it's still going to sound like classic Guns N' Roses? Look at what two decades of aging has done to acts like Metallica. It's a LONG time Iron Maiden was good too... OH WAIT, THEY STILL ARE!
    Nice !!!