COPYRIGHT / CRIMINAL
Internet, recorded music
Adi Lederman who hacked and released a number of unfinished and demo tracks from Madonna’s Rebel Hart album in December 2014 when it was a work in progress has received a 14-month jail sentence from the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court on Thursday as part of a plea-bargain deal following his conviction for cyber crimes against the pop singer. Lederman, a former contestant on Kochav Nolad, Israel’s version of ‘Pop Idol’, hacked into Madonna’s computers last year, having accessed passwords from the email accounts of her manager and musical director. It’s thought Lederman also accessed part of the singer’s work schedule in addition to the unfinished tracks from her album ‘Rebel Heart’. He was charged with computer trespassing, fraud, and intellectual property offences against the superstar,
After the leak Madonna released six tracks and moved up the release date of the full album to March saying “I have been violated as a human and an artist!” Lederman had previously stolen a song from Madonna in 2012, which he sold rather than leaking himself.
Lederman was also fined NIS 15,000 (US $4,000) by the court, which said its sentence should “send a message of deterrence” and uncompromising commitment to the law to others like Lederman.
The sentence was more lenient than it might have been, in light of Lederman’s medical issues, as well concerns that a full trial could lead to unintentional further exposure of Madonna’s personal details and those of people working with her.
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-sentenced-to-14-months-in-jail-for-hacking-Madonna-408512 and http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/07/hacker-who-leaked-madonnas-rebel-heart-sentenced-to-14-months-in-prison/