Music bloggers of the world, take note. Kevin Cogill, blogger for rock review site Antiquiet, was recently sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to appear in an anti-piracy commercial after leaking tracks from Guns N' Roses long-awaited album, Chinese Democracy. According to the BBC, "Cogill had faced a maximum of one year in federal prison, a $100,000 fine and five years' probation, " but US District Magistrate Judge Paul L Abrams felt that Cogill had learned his lesson and let him off the hook with probation.
Ironically, Cogill has also been sentenced to two months of home confinement -- all told not a bad punishment for someone who would probably prefer to just stay home and blog.
More from the BBC:
He apologised for his actions in court on Tuesday, saying he had not meant any harm by posting the tracks on the Antiquiet website. "I never intended to hurt the artist," Cogill told Judge Paul L Abrams. "I intended to promote the artist because I'm a fan."