Slash To Gn’R Leaker: “Rot In Jail”

 

 

Guitar ace officially
declared “a tool” by online music portal BLURT.

By Fred Mills

 

 

You read our account yesterday of Kevin Cogill getting
arrested by the FBI for posting to the web Guns N’ Roses Chinese Democracy tracks he’d obtained from a source close to the
band.

 

Now, in a report filed today by the Los Angeles Times, we learn that not only does Cogill face a
potential 3-year prison sentence plus a $250k fine (according to the times he’s
“the first Californian charged under a 3-year-old federal anti-piracy law that
makes it a felony to distribute a copyrighted work on computer networks before
its release”), the kid is getting piled on by both the Guns camp and erstwhile Gunners guitarist Slash.

 

You can read the whole report at the above link. Some juicy
quotes however:

 

Slash, handily proving in a single quote that he’s at least
as bit a tool as his old bandmate Axl Rose, offered, “I hope he rots in
jail. It’s going to affect the sales of the record, and it’s not fair. The
Internet is what it is, and you have to deal with it accordingly, but I think
if someone goes and steals something, it’s theft.”

 

Added the band’s management, “Presently… we don’t
support this guy’s actions at that level, our interest is in the original
source [of the leak]. We can’t comment publicly at this time as the
investigation is ongoing.”

 

 

And Eric German, a partner with Mitchell, Silberberg &
Knupp (a pro-recording industry law firm that specializes in piracy cases,
pre-release piracy “pops the balloon… it rips up the lottery ticket. It takes
the wind out of everything.”

 

Ahem. Eric, in case you hadn’t noticed, Axl’s inability to get
Chinese Democracy into stores for,
like, a century already took the wind out of Guns N’ Roses. Nobody gave a shit
about the band, or whatever it was looking like long after the original, vital
lineup had gone the way of the dinosaurs, anymore. Cogill’s making the tracks
available online served to get people talking about ‘em again.

 

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