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Published on January 13th, 2013 | by Alan Cross

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Hackers Sentenced for Stealing Michael Jackson Songs from Sony’s Servers

Details are a little sketchy, but two Brits, James Marks and James McCormick, managed to reak into Sony’s US servers and made off with 8,000 files, including a huge whack of Michael Jackson material.

Like what?  Partially-complete tracks.  Artwork. Song stems.  Video.

Sony found out, contacted authorities in the UK who then charged them with unauthorized access to computer material.  They originally protested innocence but pleaded guilty back in September.

On Friday, they were sentenced. What did they get?  One hundred hours of community service.  Not exactly much of a penalty, innit?

(Via CBS News)


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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.



One Response to Hackers Sentenced for Stealing Michael Jackson Songs from Sony’s Servers

  1. Mark A. says:

    More reasonable than the 35 years in prison Aaron Swartz was looking at for downloading scientific articles from JSTOR.

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