Is­raeli jailed for deal­ing hot Madonna tunes

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

JERUSALEM — An as­pir­ing singer who au­di­tioned for Is­rael’s top TV song com­pe­ti­tion was sen­tenced Thurs­day to 14 months in prison af­ter he was con­victed of steal­ing and selling un­re­leased songs by in­ter­na­tional pop star Madonna. Adi Lederman was ar­rested ear­lier this year and af­ter con­fess­ing, reached a plea deal on charges that he hacked into the com­put­ers of peo­ple linked to Madonna and then stole and sold her songs. Lederman, a Tel Aviv res­i­dent in his late 30s, was also fined 15,000 shekels, or about 3,900 dol­lars. The court ruled that the “ap­pro­pri­ate’’ sen­tence should serve as a de­ter­rent for fu­ture hack­ing in­ci­dents. Songs from Madonna’s latest al­bum “Rebel Heart’’ were leaked online late last year. At the time, she urged her fans not to lis­ten to the stolen copies that had sur­faced, writ­ing on In­sta­gram: “I have been vi­o­lated as a hu­man and an artist.’’ The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Lederman’s ac­tiv­i­ties be­gan af­ter Madonna’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Is­rael lodged a com­plaint. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was co-or­di­nated with the FBI. Lederman, a Tel Aviv res­i­dent, au­di­tioned for the Is­raeli re­al­ity show “A Star is Born’’ in 2012.

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