Blogger convicted of piracy ordered to appear in advertising anti-piracy campaign

Opinion by draywood

A blogger who leaked the Guns N' Roses album has been sentenced to a year's probation and two months of home confinement - but most...

A blogger who leaked the Guns N' Roses album has been sentenced to a year's probation and two months of home confinement - but most poignantly he has been ordered to make a public service announcement for the Recording Industry Association of America condemning piracy.

The BBC has reported that Kevin Cogill has been ordered to appear in an anti-piracy commercial and his punishment will be transmitted during the annual Grammy Awards next January.

While taking almost 20 years to record and release, the most recent album by Guns N' Roses ‘Chinese Democracy' was unsurprisingly the victim of leaking, illegal downloading and general piracy.

While the recording process took place, the world changed around Axl and his changing band of chums, from the birth of the internet on a consumer level to the spread of file-sharing via the likes of Napster to an overall shutdown.

We are now at a level where illegal downloading is acknowledged and generally undisturbed, although the likes of this punishment and the recent Pirate Bay case show that there is an effort by the authorities to take some action.

Although this punishment is obviously intended to be humiliating and will send a message to all others who engage in file-sharing, you can't help feeling that Cogill would have preferred the maximum punishment of a year in federal prison, a $100,000 (£61,000) fine and five years' probation - rather than an lifetime of his punishment being passed around on YouTube.

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