Music files worth $250 million stolen from Sony

Sony Music confirms that hackers have stolen music files and data from them. According to some sources, the theft took place around April last year. Among the files that were stolen were the music files of the late ‘king of pop’ Michael Jackson. After his death, in 2010 Sony Music under Sony Corps signed a deal with Jackson’s estate. According to the deal, Sony was going to release about 10 albums of previously unreleased material. The entire back catalogue of Jackson was stolen. Among the files stolen were also music files of Jimi Hendrix, Paul Simon, the Foo Fighters and Avril Lavigne.

Though the figures around this deal are not confirmed, the deal is said to be worth up to $250 million. In connection with case, two men James Marks and James McCormick were arrested last May and were charged in September. But they denied the charges. The charges were filed under the Computer Misuse act and Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. They are out on bail and are set to be tried in the beginning of next year.


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