Chinese Democracy Leaker Sentenced To House Arrest

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

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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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    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
    Epiephone
    Whether or not Axl Rose deserved it or not, it's still against the copyright law. Axl Rose isn't in the wrong, and I hate to admit it.
    ifeastonbums
    The guy broke the law, it only makes sense that he got punished. I'm not sure that house arrest was the most fitting punishment. A fine would have been better if he was able to pay it. I was really disappointed by this album, but I completely agree with Axl. It doesn't matter how shitty the album is or how long it was in the works, the guy doesn't have a right to steal and release some one elses work. We have copyright laws to protect the intellectual property of artists and to guarantee them work if they prove good enough to make it. Honestly if anything I think this infraction is more serious because the album was so long in the making. From my understanding Axl spent a good deal of money on this album over the course of those years. Also people saying "real artists aren't worried about profit" ect. need to grow up. Bills are hard to pay and artists deserve some credit for what they do so they can keep on doing it.
    Evan792
    i don't see what everyone's problem is. I really enjoyed the album. just because it showed a different side of Axl doesn't mean it sucked.
    Jacob61!!!
    House arrest? They want him to spend ALL of his time in the place where he leaked the album?
    Fera_rawr
    shipping_steel wrote: they should force him to listen to chinese democracy for the duration of his home arrest
    Cmon that's a bit too harsh he'd end up commiting suicide :/
    TriviumFan717
    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. And my opinion is that Axl needs to get over the fact thats going to happen now days. Music is going to be leaked. I'm sure soon as they heard the first song they went to another website.
    WesBizarre
    I only like 2 songs on the album I dont get why people's comments get deleted on this thing freedom of speech man
    Abidz
    [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.
    McLovin427
    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
    If your just going to make music for yourself why even release it to the public?
    HORSE ASSASSIN
    it wasn't even worth it guns n' roses are terrible, they esspecialy showed how bad they were on this album. if it was a good band i would understand
    yngwie.jnr
    HEXAGRAM66 wrote: Lock him up and throw away the key!! how dare he inflict this terrible album on the world!!!
    LMFAO!
    IainDavies_2
    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!!!
    ZeppelinRulez77
    I liked the album. The album is as old as I am, so I wasn't really waiting that long for it to come out. I bought it, listened to it, and I liked it. No it's not the same as old Guns N Roses, but if I want to listen to old Guns N Roses, I would listen to old Guns N Roses. Accept Chinese Democracy for what it is, a different album by Axl Rose, and some other guys that happed to be amazing musicians.
    edgeyyz
    KingGohma wrote: manulus2002 wrote: he could just take the harddrives out of the computers they're searching xd Wow, this sure sounds like it would work.
    That's because many of us have probably tried it...and succeeded.
    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
    Chaosinborn
    Eh, it would have gotten on the internet anyway. He just saved someone else the trouble.
    zeppelin4evr41
    One more thing, I didn't like Chinese Democracy, but I also recognize the fact that that's just my opinion and it doesn't make it a bad album. I just don't think it should be under the Guns n' Roses name.
    DouglasDisaster
    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
    The difference here is Metallica has actually had some good during the Bob Rock years, and the new album kicks major ass. As will the next one. Also Metallica didn't lose fans by waiting 15 years to put out a record wich turns out to be shit. What is really laughable is Axl is STILL not happy with the record. GnR is not GnR without Slash, Duff, and Izzy. If REAL musicians don't write for the fans, why release it? If you are a REAL musician does that mean you only make music to satisfy your own ego trip? Hell, don't release it then. Just hole up in your little world and jerk off to the music you made for yourself. Fans are what fuel the industry, if you don't like that don't publish music.
    Sami Philadelph
    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
    Give me a break,I hate when people use the "Artist" defense for these two bands specifically. If you were a REAL Artist,you wouldn't seek commercial success at all. You would simply work on your pieces,and release them as is,with no other input from anyone,for free,because you'd have the right to. But when you're making music FOR AN AUDIENCE,its quite obvious that the people PAYING TO KEEP YOU IN BUSINESS want a product THEY CAN ENJOY,these guys aren't Artist,their performers,and as a performer you should please your audience. But anyway,I think their should be a law that depending on how much money you make off the album,the people have a right to pirate it so these people making billions off the album don't wind for losing a few hundred grand. because really,whats 256,000 dollars in pirated music compared to the 3,000,000,000 you just made?
    lopezmetalmunky
    Honestly, I'm more pissed off at Axl than anything. Seriously. He basically ruined this guy's life for two years because he wasn't making any money off his piece of shit album anyways. Secondly, as musicians to the above postings, we should be more concerned with the caliber of our music, in which we hope to enhance our generation's musical ear. And, it it's any good, it should attract fans.
    Shinsen88
    I agree with the guy who said a fine would've been more appropriate. House arrest as a punishment here makes no sense...
    Restlesscow
    This was/is a great album imo, may not sound like the original GNR but im more than happy about that. The guy broke the law, he has now been sentanced, end of.
    Sami Philadelph wrote: 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 Give me a break,I hate when people use the "Artist" defense for these two bands specifically. If you were a REAL Artist,you wouldn't seek commercial success at all. You would simply work on your pieces,and release them as is,with no other input from anyone,for free,because you'd have the right to. But when you're making music FOR AN AUDIENCE,its quite obvious that the people PAYING TO KEEP YOU IN BUSINESS want a product THEY CAN ENJOY,these guys aren't Artist,their performers,and as a performer you should please your audience. But anyway,I think their should be a law that depending on how much money you make off the album,the people have a right to pirate it so these people making billions off the album don't wind for losing a few hundred grand. because really,whats 256,000 dollars in pirated music compared to the 3,000,000,000 you just made?
    The artist is still writing for themselves even when they become succesful. The bands/artists you seem to be talking, making music only for the money and for the masses, about are known as sellouts as far as im concerned.
    CrimsonBizzare
    GnR are ONLY doing it for the money, any half-decent artist who cared about the music they make, not if the masses like it or not, wouldn't have given a shit if their album was leaked. They wouldn't have hyped it up so much in the first place to first place to force people to leak it.
    TK1
    manulus2002 wrote: he could just take the harddrives out of the computers they're searching xd
    or encrypt them.
    BlueFuzion101
    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!
    12-string
    Axl Rose is my wonderwall and I really think that he is boss. I can see why he would want this person to do some bird after the terrible offence he committed against not only the band members of Guns n' Roses, but to the world of music in general. He is a man who is a true believe in his own skills and is very protective of them. If I ever saw him I would probably quiver and quote one of his famous song lyircs to him, for example 'cold Novermber rain'. Great X
    shwilly
    Great, now he's gonna spend the next two months inside his home without being able to leave. I wonder what he's gonna do in the meantime... OH WAIT, I GOT IT: he's probably going to sit behind his computer all day, looking for ways to hack Axl's computer and steal his private sex tapes. Yup, that's a smart move alright... I mean, come on, the dude was only trying to help. If the material hadn't been released prematurely who knows how long it would've taken for this album to be released. I think Axl should be happy he wasn't fined for NOT doing his sh*t for over 14 consecutive years
    Lemoninfluence
    ah how I enjoyed reading the completely original "the album sucked" jokes. no, really. I did. Honest. checked.
    toyboxmonster
    shipping_steel wrote: they should force him to listen to chinese democracy for the duration of his home arrest
    Hasn't torture been outlawed?
    RAH7747
    Considering this album as piece of shit is more of a personal opinion than anythin.. agreed.. it is shit in my opinion.. but really, if suing a guy is the motive, for putting it up on the net, then they are there for the money only and that fvckin sucks! its pathetic to have such bands really.. Just like that south park episode.. If the fans like bands, they'd go for their concerts.. But oh wait, axl wont have concerts in support of this.. wat bullcrap!
    [travis]
    I don't think he really gave anybody a heads up on the record. It really wasn't worth 13 years, or however long it took to make. I only liked the song "Chinese Democracy," but that's it. It just didn't sound like the original sound of GNR.
    jean_genie
    I gotta' tell ya ... even if Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin had referred to Sammy Davis Jr. as 'Boy' or any number of racial slurs I won't repeat here, I still think Axl would take the record for biggest douche in the music business. We should be thankful he's no longer very successful, or else he'd have even more weight to throw around.
    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
    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
    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.