An Italian music producer and his accomplice have been found guilty of defrauding a number of bands and artists by fraudulently claiming they wrote some of their songs.
Athos Poma and Giuseppe Fedi received around £185,000 in royalties after they exploited a loophole in the Italian Society Of Authors And Publishers’ (ISAP) computer system, a flaw that meant many popular songs were not registered to their writers properly.
The duo claim ed rights to 220 songs between 2006 and 2008, including Paul McCartney’s ‘My Love’, Tom Jones’ ‘Sex Bomb’, Queen’s ‘Liar’, Radiohead’s ‘All I Need’ and ‘People Are Strange’ by The Doors.
Producer Poma was sentenced to 18 months and Fedi – who worked for ISAP and made the scam work – was jailed for 20 months.
Lawyers defending Poma say they will appeal the sentence and added: “Athos Poma is one of the most important music producers in Italy and over the last 25 years, he has always carried out his work in a professional manner.”
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