Slash was fuming when Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy album was leaked pre-release. It was uploaded by a man named Kevin Cogill and remained on his website for streaming (he notes that there were no download links) for a few hours before it was taken down and five FBI agents arrested the bootlegger.
The band, for the most part, remained unavailable for comment, but Slash added:
I hope he rots in jail. It’s going to affect the sales of the record, and it’s not fair. The Internet is what it is, and you have to deal with it accordingly, but I think if someone goes and steals something, it’s theft.”
Cogill faced 3 years in prison and a $250,000 fine according tothe LA Times.
Slash is adapting with the new market and technology, however, and has taken to social networking to promote his music. He engages with fans through these new mediums such as Twitter and Facebook:
In 1987 it was a whole different landscape. Still, up until recently, I was wary of the internet and stuff and stuck in my old-school mentality. But I also see it as the only way of doing things because the way I used to do things or the way it was just doesn’t fuckin’ exist anymore.