Chinese Democracy leaker gets probation

By | Published on Wednesday 15 July 2009

The US blogger who pleaded guilty to leaking part of the Guns n Roses album ‘Chinese Democracy’ online has been sentenced to a year’s probation and two months of home confinement by a federal judge.

Kevin Cogill, who, as previously reported, posted nine tracks from the then long, long, long awaited LP online last year, prior to its November 2008 release, explained in court that his intention was to promote the band, not hurt it.

Federal prosecutors had requested that Cogill serve jail time, but the judge, Paul Abrams, said he felt that the blogger had learned his lesson. Cogill will also be required to give up his computers to government scrutiny, and will record a public service announcement for the RIAA.