If this is just a PR stunt by Axl Rose’s handlers I have a feeling that the public image of the RIAA will once again be badly damaged. The story here doesn’t even make sense. It appears that a takedown notice was sent to Cogill in June and the songs were removed. Cogill was streaming the songs not offering them for download, surely Axl would have been pleased to get the free promotion? It’s not like he’s going to get the kind of radio airplay he enjoyed in the past. And if Cogill is guilty of anything it is of having bad taste.
Can you wait 10 years?
Man arrested for Guns N’ Roses leak
Nine ‘Democracy’ songs appeared on blog
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES — Federal authorities say they have arrested a blogger suspected of streaming songs from Guns N’ Roses unreleased album, “Chinese Democracy,” on his Web site. FBI agents arrested 27-year-old Kevin Cogill on Wednesday on suspicion of violating federal copyright laws. Federal authorities say Cogill posted nine unreleased Guns N’ Roses songs on his Web site in June. The songs were later removed.
According to an arrest affidavit, Cogill admitted to agents that he posted the songs on his Web site. “Chinese Democracy” is a much anticipated — and repeatedly delayed — new album by Guns N’ Roses that is more than 10 years in the making.
RIAA director of investigations for the western region Kathy Loedler said, “When we tell somebody to just take it down and there’s no penalty, there’s no arrest, there’s no fine, it’s very easy for them to continue to do it.”