Report: Man who shared 'Chinese Democracy' to plead guilty

Sharing nine songs from the upcoming Guns N' Roses album could cost Kevin Cogill a year in prison.

The man accused of copyright violations after posting tracks from Guns N' Roses upcoming album--Chinese Democracy--has agreed to plead guilty, according to a published report.

Dave Kravets over at Wired.com reports that Kevin Cogill, 27, confessed to uploading nine songs last summer to his site, Antiquiet and now faces a misdemeanor charge of copyright infringement.

Los Angeles federal prosecutor Craig Missakian told Kravets that Cogill's guilty plea was part of a plea deal that will be entered on December. 8. Last August, Cogill became the first Californian charged under a 3-year-old federal antipiracy law that makes it a felony to distribute unreleased copyright works online.

As part of the deal, Cogill will only face up to one year in prison instead of the five years that a felony conviction could have brought.

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