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GNR Leaker Off the Hook

Guns N' Roses - Chinese DemocracyRemember the kid who was arrested in 2008 for leaking a few unfinished tracks off Chinese Democracy? Kevin “Skwerl” Cogill pled not guilty, his charges were reduced, and a year ago he was sentenced to house arrest. One other condition of the sentence was that Cogill would have to “participate in a public service announcement designed to educate the public that music piracy is illegal.”

Well, that PSA never happened, and Wired points out that as of yesterday, he’s no longer under the court’s jurisdiction. That is to say: he got off scott free.

“I knew as soon as this went down, nobody would give a shit about me doing a PSA,” Cogill said in a recent telephone interview. […]

The proposed court-ordered PSA was vaguely defined from the beginning, he said. “We had some conversations about it, hypothetical conversations,” Cogill said. “I said everybody is going to laugh at it.” […]

Cara Duckworth, a spokeswoman for the RIAA, which alerted the FBI to Cogill’s unlawful uploading, said in a Wednesday e-mail that the RIAA has “discretion whether or not to move forward” with a public service announcement.

“Due to various elements of this case (not to mention unnecessarily high production costs), we chose not to produce one,” the e-mail said.

So there you have it, kiddies. Filesharing will get you in big trouble. There is one more lesson in all of this:

The best advice he got was from his Los Angeles lawyer, Kaloyanides. “He told me,” Cogill said, “‘to shut my fucking mouth and don’t say shit to the feds.'” But Kaloyanides was retained too late, after Cogill spilled the beans and handed over his laptop.

Remember: you have the right to remain silent. Don’t say shit to cops unless you have a lawyer with you.

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GNR Leaker Sentenced to House Arrest

Guns N' Roses - Chinese DemocracyWired: Guns N’ Roses Uploader Gets House Arrest, Will Make Anti-Piracy Ad.

Kevin “Skwerl” Cogill, the blogger who uploaded nine tracks from Chinese Democracy to Antiquiet prior to its release date, got a slap on the wrist, won’t have to pay a fine, and will make a radio or television message “talking about the importance of protecting copyright holders’ rights in their songs and movies.” Classic. Watch for the smirk.

According to a post on his site, “…Skwerl’s got plenty to say on the matter – he’ll break down the details soon enough.”

Duff reveals GNR's inspiration for Appetite

AppetiteIn an interview with our homeboy John Sellars for Spin, Duff McKagan reveals what he and his bandmates in Guns N’ Roses were listening to while they recorded their seminal album, Appetite for Destruction:

The Joshua Tree was the soundtrack of my life when we were making Appetite. […] I listened to The Joshua Tree probably ten times a day. That was the record, man. Still is, like, a top ten record — top five, maybe. […] Axl’s favorite record in 1987 was Faith, by George Michael. Izzy was into reggae. Actually, when we were recording Appetite, Izzy would play over and over and over the Georgia Satellites. It was like, “Dude, enough.”

Don’t hand me no lines and keep your hands to yourself.

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Axl Rose Won't Leave His House

Oh, Axl...The NY Daily News is claiming that Axl Rose has been going through a rough patch lately:

The Guns N’ Roses front man, an admitted manic-depressive, has fired and rehired famed manager Irving Azoff at least three times in the last five weeks, according to a source. The reclusive rocker is said to be resisting Azoff’s pleas to try to revive sales of the band’s recent album, “Chinese Democracy.” “Axl doesn’t want anything to do with it,” says the insider. “He won’t come out of his house.”

A source close to Azoff admits, “Axl is Axl. People get hired and fired all the time in this business.”

But Azoff’s rep says that, as of last week, he and Rose are talking again: “We’re in daily contact with Axl, and we look forward to continuing to support him and Guns N’ Roses.”

Sure, and we all look forward to continuing to wait for him and/or Guns N’ Roses doing something that doesn’t suck.

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Axl Rose Speaks to Billboard

In his first major interview in nine years, Axl Rose talks about Guns N’ Roses, his label and finally releasing Chinese Democracy (review):

I could see doing a song or so on the side with Izzy [Stradlin] or having him out [on tour] again. I’m not so comfortable with doing anything having more than one of the alumni. Maybe something with Duff [McKagan], but that’s it, and not something I’d have to really get down into, as I’d get left with sorting it out and then blamed on top of it. So, no, not me.

In regards to Slash, I read a desperate fan’s message about, what if one of us were to die and looking back I had the possibility of a reunion now, blah blah blah. And my thoughts are, “Yeah, and while you’re at the show your baby accidentally kicks a candle and burns your house down, killing himself and the rest of your family.”

Give me a fucking break. What’s clear is that one of the two of us will die before a reunion and however sad, ugly or unfortunate anyone views it, it is how it is.

So I guess that means we shouldn’t be expecting an original lineup reunion anytime soon? Sounds like somebody’s feelings are hurt…

Britney is Back on Top, Bitch

Billboard: Britney’s ‘Circus’ Debuts Atop Album Chart, making Spears “the only act in Nielsen SoundScan history [1991 to present] to have four albums debut with 500,000 or more.”

1. Britney Spears – Circus – 505,000 (debut)

2. Taylor Swift – Fearless – 193,000 (-28%)

3. Beyonce – I Am … Sasha Fierce – 153,000 (-41%)

4. Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak – 142,000 (-69%)

5. Nickelback – Dark Horse – 133,000 (-25%)

6. Twilight soundtrack – 133,000 (-18%)

7. Akon – Freedom – 111,000 (debut)

8. High School Musical 3: Senior Year – 91,000 (-7%)

9. Now 29 – 90,000 (-38%)

10. David Cook – David Cook – 87,000 (-22%)

Missing in action: Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy. Ouch. Rumor has its sales this week at 58,000 (-78%). That would put it at #18. Beat by David Cook? Oy. Related: 8 reasons why Chinese Democracy stiffed.

Kanye beats GNR, Luda, Killers for #1

Billboard: Kanye Edges GNR, Ludacris for his third straight No. 1 on The Billboard 200.

1. Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak – 450,000 (debut)

2. Taylor Swift – Fearless – 267,000 (+23%)

3. Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy – 261,000 (debut)

4. Beyonce – I Am … Sasha Fierce – 257,000 (-47%)

5. Ludacris – Theater of the Mind – 213,000 (debut)

6. The Killers – Day & Age – 193,000 (debut)

7. Nickelback – Dark Horse – 178,000 (-46%)

8. Twilight soundtrack – 162,000 (+29%)

9. Now 29 – 145,000 (+26%)

10. David Cook – David Cook – 112,000 (-60%)

Well, that’s certainly not going to make Kanye any humbler

Guns N' Roses – Chinese Democracy

Guns N' Roses - Chinese DemocracyGuns N’ RosesChinese Democracy (Interscope)

[13:47] Phil: Chinese Democracy streaming: http://web.gunsnroses.com/splash.jsp

[13:47] Jake: you listening?

[13:47] Phil: yep

[13:47] Jake: you just start?

[13:48] Phil: oh wait…it’s clips

[13:48] Phil: dummies

[13:48] Jake: boo

[13:48] Phil: Checking their myspace page now

[13:48] Phil: appears to be streaming there

[13:49] Jake: link?

[13:49] Phil: http://www.myspace.com/gunsnroses

[13:49] Phil: ready?

[13:49] Jake: ready

[13:49] Phil: go!

[13:49] Jake: ok

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GNR Leaker's Charges Reduced

Kevin Cogill, the blogger who posted nine songs from some dumb album that’s coming out soon, has had the charges against him reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor. His maximum prison time, if convicted, is down to one year from five. He still faces monetary damages if Axl opts to sue him.

The felony Cogill was charged under requires the authorities to prove the distribution of pre-released, commercial material over the internet for financial gain or commercial advantage.

Under the misdemeanor statute, (pdf) the authorities must prove copyright infringement of the right of performance, distribution or reproduction accomplished for commercial gain or financial advantage. Using the internet is not required and the material does not need to be pre-release.

Cogill’s lawyer seems to think a “deal may be in the offing.” I thought the Man was going to make an example of this case, but it looks like prosecutors are either not very confident in the merits of their case, or else maybe the U.S. attorney’s office has more important things to do…like trying to track down a single prosecutable case of actual voter fraud.

Jeez, did we really only make it ten days without a Chinese Democracy-related post? Irving Azoff certainly knows how to keep his bands in the news, doesn’t he?

Chinese Democracy Leaker Pleads Not Guilty

Chinese Democracy (Cover A) (Bb)Billboard reports that the Alleged Guns N’ Roses Leaker Pleads Innocent. The Associated Press says he pleaded not guilty. Not sure if there’s a legal difference. Not sure if it matters. Either way, Antiquiet‘s Kevin Cogill faces three years in federal prison if convicted, and five years if the court finds he posted the songs for commercial gain. Yipes.

In other news, you can now pre-order the stupid album from Best Buy either on CD ($13.99) or vinyl ($19.99).