The FBI has arrested a man for posting copyrighted songs on his website.
Exemplifying the federal government’s stepped-up efforts to combat copyright violations, the FBI arrested 27-year-old Kevin Cogill yesterday for posting nine tracks from the upcoming Guns ‘n’ Roses album, Chinese Democracy, on his blog, according to Reuters.
An FBI agent was reported as saying Cogill admitted posting the tracks. He then removed them from his site, but by that time the songs had begun to circulate widely, an FBI spokesperson said.
Cogill was released on bail. He faces a maximum sentence of three years if found guilty, and five years if it is determined that he profited financially from the act.
This is a vivid example of the increasing seriousness with with federal authorities are pursuing copyright violators.