I Leaked Madonna’s Album, and All I Got Was 14 Months In Jail…

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Copyright theft may be a crime, but its enforcement is nearly nonexistent.  That is, except when superstars get seriously pissed off.

Which brings us to one of the biggest superstars of the modern music era.  Late last year, songs from Madonna’s latest album were unceremoniously leaked.  In January, Adi Lederman of Tel Aviv was arrested for hacking Madonna’s computer and selling unreleased songs.

Lederman agreed to a plea bargain, confessing to computer trespassing and infringement of property. He has been sentenced to 14 months in jail.

Lederman was also fined 15,000 shekels ($3,988).

11 Responses

  1. Remi Swierczek

    Dear Madonna,
    Why would you harm your Jewish fan! Very harsh judgment in the era of value-less music.

    You are fortunate to have your live piggy bank, but you are also fortunate to have your TIDAL politically connected friends. Let’s use them, get new fair use act and convert Radio and streaming to $100B music store!

    Cue, Ek, Wojcicki work to hard on SHRINKING $200B of music goodwill OBVIOUS TO A CRETIN to $20B of ads and subs. If they work really hard they might get there in 2025!

    Tell them how to make serious cash on music. Access Larry Page and we can teach him how to start to love music and double GOOGLE by accident.
    Call me at any time.
    Remi

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    • isabela

      A FAN??? ARE YOU INTO DRUGS OR DRUNK??A TRUE FAN WOULD NOT DO THAT..A TRUE FAN WOULD NOT STEAL FROM HIS CELEBRITY IDOL….ADI DESERVE MORE THAN 14 MONTHS IN JAIL…HE HAD CAUSED A LOT OF TRUE OF STEALING MADONNAS SONGS!!

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      • Anonymous

        I’m pretty sure Remi was being ironic.

        And Lederman wouldn’t have got away with this in the U.S.

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    • isabela

      excuse me??A FAN??ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?? A TRUE FAN WOULD NOT DO THAT..A TRUE FAN WOULD NOT STEAL SOMETHING VERY VALUABLE TO HIS CELEBRITY IDOL…INSTEAD SUPPORT HER IN MANY WAYS,,,WHAT ADI DID,,WAS STEALING,,,HE HAD CAUSED A LOT OF TROUBLE TO MADONNAS ALBUM…HE DESERVE MORE THAN THAT!!

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      • Remi Swierczek

        Music monetization is BROKE.
        It would be much more productive for Madonna to participate in building foundation oflogical $200B music industry than chase and throw, no matter what you say, fans to jail!

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    • Musicservices4less

      Remi:
      “Access Larry Page and we can teach him how to start to love music and double GOOGLE by accident.”
      I know you have some great ideas on monetization that you are pushing on DMN to get recognized with it. But first things first. You are absolutely correct that the music industry must face the real “devil” in the streaming wars. That is, Google and its subsidiary Youtube. Before you will be able to convince Larry Page of any sort of real monetization for copyright owners, the industry has two options.
      1) The major labels or their parent companies negotiate a deal (probably never happen) or
      2) Washington DC passes legislation requiring payments to be made to all copyright owners (sound recording and musical composition) (possibly) or
      3) more likely, a combination of the two, meaning a threat of legislation forcing Google to come to the table.
      And the ad sponsored monetization is not a true answer and just a red herring because it does not monetize based on A) initial synchronization and B) actual views.
      The real first step is education of the general music listening public which is now starting to happen. Hopefully, because most changes on the Internet seem to happen faster than everybody thinks it will, the music industry will finally get lucky and this will happen sooner than later.

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      • Remi Swierczek

        At this point Larry Page is the key to everything. Legislative action against Google, unofficial spouse of US government, cannot be to successful no matter who is behind it.

        Fortunately, YouTube advertising income is to little to pay for new servers and electricity!
        Let’s hope we can connect with Larry and show him 20x more money in music than adds around it.

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  2. Versus

    Agreed. The sentencing is a joke. What about the compensation for losses of Madonna, her label, and all others involved?

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  3. PiratesWinLOL

    This would be crazy and obviously way too harsh, if it was only about leaking an album. The actual crime, which send him to jail, must have been the hacking of her computer, which is obviously wrong and something which should be punished with jail. Not that it isn’t something which among others the US government doesn’t do every day, but it is still very wrong. It is an attack on the person and his and her right to privacy.

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  4. Anonymous

    Sometimes leaks are the best thing that can happen to a career.

    However, there’s no saving this album. OUCH.

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