Find Me Guilty

As expected, Guns N’ Roses leak enabler Kevin Cogill has pleaded guilty to illicitly streaming Chinese Democracy tracks weeks before the album was released.

Cogill actually agreed to a plea bargain in November but made it official Dec. 15 before a judge in a Los Angeles courtroom.

By all accounts, Cogill never actually leaked the tracks. That dubious honor goes to person or persons unknown who gave the tracks to Cogill. He has not publicly stated where he got the tunes.

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Guns N’ Roses’ CDs are seen on a shelf at a music store in Beijing Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008.

But Cogill did accept the tracks and streamed the unreleased songs on his music blog, leading to his arrest. How the actual leaker(s) acquired the tracks is still a mystery, although that part of the caper may soon come to light.

That’s because Cogill has agreed to cooperate with authorities, which might include naming names.

Cogill’s plea deal is expected to result in probation but, according to the deal, he could receive a year in prison along with a hefty fine.