It’s being reported that Michael Jackson’s entire back catalogue has been stolen from Sony Music by hackers. More than 50,000 music files, mostly made up of Jackson’s material were illegally downloaded when cyber thieves infiltrated Sony’s (Playstation) network back in April 2011.
In 2010 Jacksons estate signed the biggest record deal in history, worth over £160 million, giving the label the rights to sell and distribute the late stars entire catalogue, including unreleased/rare recordings (across all formats) – all of which were among the files allegedly stolen.
James Marks (26) and James McCormick (25), both from the UK, appeared in court on Friday accused of charges under the Computer Misuse Act and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act – both have pleaded not guilty.
Sony have yet to comment.
In related news, Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris has reportedly been recorded saying vocals on her late fathers posthumous album Michael were fake, instead recorded by impersonator Jason Malachi. She has since taken to her twitter denying the rumours.