06-26-2008, 12:40 AM
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Join Date: Aug 2002
| | GUNS N' ROSES blogger busted by Feds after posting pirated new tracks online.
The California blogger who posted nine leaked tracks from GUNS N' ROSES long-awaited album CHINESE DEMOCRACY online has become the subject of a new FBI investigation.
Kevin Skwerl tells Rolling Stone magazine he was "ambushed" by the two agents on Monday (23Jun08) after admitting he posted the tracks on his Antiquiet blog after receiving them from "an anonymous online source."
He says, "When I came back from lunch they were waiting in the lobby for me. It's a little creepy they know where I work."
He was questioned for 15 minutes.
Skwerl adds, "I wasn't sure if they were going to come by with a warrant and trash the place, like in the movies."
According to the music publication, the agents asked to see the original files, but Skwerl advised he had already erased them last week after being told to do so by attorneys representing Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose.
Instead Skwerl handed over second-hand files that are now widely available on the Internet.
Meanwhile, the blogger recalls his whole world going crazy minutes after he posted the leaked tracks online. Eventually he was contacted by Rose's representatives.
He tells the magazine, "It was 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."
Skwerl agreed to take the controversial file down.