LA man to plead guilty in Guns N' Roses piracy

Axel Rose, lead singer for the band Guns N' Roses, performs during a concert in Budapest June 1, 2006. REUTERS/Karoly Arvai

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man accused of illegally posting songs on the Internet from an unreleased album by the rock band Guns N’ Roses has agreed to plead guilty, a federal prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Kevin Cogill will enter his guilty plea to one federal count of copyright infringement at a hearing on December 8, said Craig Missakian, assistant U.S. attorney.

The FBI said Cogill posted nine tracks from the highly anticipated Guns N’ Roses album “Chinese Democracy” on a Web site called Antiquiet. The album will be released on November 23. They did not disclose how Cogill, who has no known direct connection to the band, obtained the songs.

Cogill was arrested in August at his Los Angeles home and released on bail. At the time of his arrest, authorities said he faced more than three years in prison if convicted.

Missakian declined to discuss details of the plea deal that Cogill reached with federal prosecutors.

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Cynthia Osterman