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"Chinese Democracy" Leaker Changes Plea to Guilty

November 11, 2008 9:02 AM ET

The blogger who leaked nine songs from Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy has agreed to change his plea to guilty in a deal that will reduce the charges against him to a single federal count of copyright infringement, a Los Angeles prosecutor said. Under the deal, Kevin Cogill, the writer for the website Antiquiet who leaked the tracks back in June, will only face a maximum of one year in prison. Whether or not Cogill must reveal his source for the leaks as part of the deal has not been revealed. The plea bargain will bring to an end a tumultuous six months for Cogill. Following a visit from the FBI, Cogill told Rock Daily "If legal proceedings come my way, I'll face them 100 percent." "I'm not afraid of that. I did what I did, and I'll face the music if I have to." Chinese Democracy will finally be released in its finished form on November 23rd.

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