Blogger Arrested Over Leaked Guns N’ Roses Songs

It’s a criminally tough being a music blogger, isn’t it? Always on the hunt for the latest remix, always digging for the dopest download, and ever searching for the most exclusive of mp3s…the leaked album in advance of its release.

But when the unreleased songs in question are taken from a G n’ R album that’s been more than 10 years in the making, you can bet the “Chinese Democracy” crackdown will be swift and decisive.

And it has been.

A blogger suspected of streaming songs from the unreleased Guns N’ Roses album “Chinese Democracy” on his Web site was arrested Wednesday and appeared in court, where his bail was set at $10,000.

FBI agents arrested 27-year-old Kevin Cogill on Wednesday morning on suspicion of violating federal copyright laws. Cogill appeared in court in the afternoon wearing a T-shirt; his girlfriend sat court and afterward said, “Rally the troops,” but declined further comment.

Federal authorities say Cogill posted nine unreleased Guns N’ Roses songs on his Web site in June. The songs were later removed.

For those still looking to hear what all this fuss is about, a song from “Chinese Democracy” is set to be released as part of Rock Band 2 in September.

“Chinese Democracy” is a much anticipated – and repeatedly delayed – new album by Guns N’ Roses that is more than 10 years in the making. At least one of the album’s songs could be heard legally: The band wrote on its Web site in July that its track, “Shackler’s Revenge” will be featured on the video game Rock Band 2, slated for release in September.

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