You Could Be Fined... and so much more: GN'R leaker is quizzed by FBI
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Remember this? Seems Guns N' Roses' fabled Chinese Democracy was truly to see the light of day, and soon, as some nine tracks were leaked online.
Bad move, leaker.
The guy in question, Kevin Skwerl, has reportedly been interviewed by a pair of FBI agents, who asked him about the source of the files. Most tracks were removed as soon as they appeared by representatives of GN'R.
Skwerl - who called Rolling Stone after his visit by the feds - used to work at Universal, and as a result has his share of industry contacts. GN'R are signed to Universal (via Geffen), too. It's thought that the FBI asked to see the original audio files, but Skwerl had either misplaced or deleted them.
Skwerl is hopeful that no legal action will come of his uploading of the new GN'R material, and added that at no point were people threatening him when asking for tracks to be removed. This is what he had to say:
"A really cool guy from the GN'R camp that was a middle man between someone who was very angry and me. He was trying to reach out and see if I'd go without a fight, which is more or less what I did. I'm not so worried about [legal action]. It's a legal grey area since it wasn't for download, it wasn't a finished product. We aren't sure who owns the recordings. I feel like I might survive this."
But will he survive this...?
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