As you may have heard, our very own Kevin “Skwerl” Cogill has been caught up in a web of bullshit with the Recording Industry Association of America for the past year, following his arrest at gunpoint for streaming nine new Guns N’ Roses tracks prior to the fizzled decade-and-a-half-in-the-making release of Chinese Democracy. His lengthy court battle came to an end earlier today.
Skwerl faced a maximum of a year in prison and $371,000 in fines (likely more than the entire sale of Chinese Democracy has netted so far), but the court reduced his sentence to one year probation, the first two months of which will be served on home confinement – essentially a lighter version of house arrest. He’ll also be required to help produce an anti-piracy PSA with the RIAA, likely to be aired on television and/or radio. So despite the government’s ludicrous argument that an example should be made of the defendant (much like they did with Jammie Thomas), Skwerl won’t actually be spending any time in pound-you-in-the-ass federal prison for streaming some songs on the internet for a few hours.
Looks like Lady Justice may not have her head up her ass after all.
I’m sure Skwerl’s got plenty to say on the matter – he’ll break down the details soon enough. Stay tuned.