TEL AVIV: A former contestant in Israel’s version of “American Idol” was jailed for 14 months on Thursday for steeling and leaking Madonna’s songs and for hacking her computer who had complained.
Madonna had complained for her songs being leaked online.
Adi Lederman, who confessed to Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court that he had been involved in computer trespassing and infringement of privacy and property rights, was also fined 15,000 shekels ($4,000).
“The ease with which crimes such as this can be committed by those who have skills in the field, such as the accused, require an appropriate punitive response that has a deterrent and uncompromising message,” the court said in a statement.
Lederman, 39, was arrested in January after an investigation assisted by the FBI. Police said he was suspected of selling songs he had stolen through hacking.
In December, unfinished tracks were leaked before the release of Madonna’s “Rebel Heart” album.