Kevin Cogill, probably more known as Skwerl over at music blog Antiquiet, where he leaked 9 Guns n’ Roses songs from the upcoming album Chinese Democracy, was arrested by the FBI this morning. According to the blog, the FBI picked him up early, and Antiquiet had decided not to make a big deal about it, that is, until LA Times picked it up. That sparked the follow-up post where we learn that Kevin was released at a $10,000 bail, and that the preliminary hearing has been scheduled for September 17, at 4:30 PM.
Antiquiet clearly isn’t laying the blame on Guns n’ Roses man himself, Axl Rose, as one might’ve expected:
Axl Rose didn’t call the FBI, but today it became more than obvious that someone really was serious about that threat. Johnny and I sat on a pew in the U.S. District Court building in Downtown L.A. as Skwerl sat behind glass, in handcuffs, and still in his jammies since the FBI arrested him at 6:59 this morning.
The actual case will be interesting, since Kevin have confessed to leaking the songs to the public he won’t walk out of this one, however, the sentence might be something else, given the hype around the album. Still, while Kevin did make the songs available, what about all of those torrents out there? This is the music industry looking for a scapegoat if you ask me. Then again, they always are…
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