Copyright law is a very real thing, and if you mess with it, then there are things to be done and prices to be paid. It looks like Kanye West and Frank Ocean got the deal for themselves, as their music hacker was just slapped with jail time.
Kwiatkoski is a hacker who stole unreleased music from massive stars like Frank Ocean, Lil Uzi Vert, Post Malone, and Kanye West. In a UK court, he confessed to breaking into the artists’ cloud-based accounts and selling the work he found.
Crown Prosecution Service noted that, as a result, Kwiatkoski will be spending 18 months in prison. And he made quite a bit of money. According to authorities, Kwiatkowski profited about $147,000 in cryptocurrency he collected from buyers.
Kwiatkowski had complete disregard for the musicians’ creativity and hard work producing original songs and the subsequent loss of earnings. He selfishly stole their music to make money for himself.
The sentencing of the hacker has been a long time coming. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office began to look into Kwiatkowski’s theft after multiple music management firms reported that some of their clients’ music had been stolen.
The hunt for Kwiatkowski was an international affair. The DA’s office worked with the London Police Department and located the hacker through his crypto account and IP address. Apparently, they found more than 500 audio files on his computer.
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