Prosecutors Want Jail Time For Guns N' Roses Pirate
U.S. federal prosecutors have requested a six-month prison sentence for a man who has pleaded guilty to illegally posting unreleased GUNS N' ROSES tracks online.
Kevin Cogill confessed to the cyber crime in December (08) and was charged with a misdemeanour, but now prosecutors want him to serve hard time behind bars.
Federal agents raided Cogill's Los Angeles apartment last August (08) after he posted nine tracks from the then-unreleased Chinese Democracy album on his website, antiquiet.com.
The 28 year old revealed he had received the tracks online and without asking for them. He removed the songs as soon as he was contacted by representatives for the band, but, by then, more than 1,000 rock fans had downloaded the tracks - and crashed his website.
In new court documents, prosecutor Craig H. Missakian writes, "Making a pre-release work available to the worldwide public over the internet where it can be copied without limit is arguably one of the more insidious forms of copyright infringement."
Prosecutors have calculated Cogill's actions cost Guns N' Roses and their record label almost $400,000 (£285,700) in download sales alone.
Cogill's attorney insists his client's actions do not warrant jail time. Cogill is scheduled to be sentenced on 4 May (09).
Officials at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have demanded Cogill should appear in a public service announcement warning people not to download music illegally.