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A little longer version
That's bad! £160million worth of Michael Jackson's back catalogue has been stolen
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Michael Jackson's entire back catalogue has been stolen by internet hackers.
Sony music suffered its second major security breach in a year, with thieves targeting songs and unreleased material by the superstar singer.
It's alleged they downloaded more than 50,000 music files, worth £160million, in the biggest ever cyber attack on a music company.
The news comes just a year after Sony paid £250million for the seven-year rights to the songs following *****'s death.
The contract with Jackson's estate also allowed them to release 10 new albums, including material from studio sessions produced during the making of some of the star's biggest albums.
The singer, who died in June 2009 at the age of 50, had recorded unreleased duets with artists ranging from the late Freddie Mercury and Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am.
In April the details of 77million gamers were stolen after Sony's Playstation Network was hacked. The breach cost Sony £106million and hugely damaged their reputation.
The attack on the Jackson files occurred shortly afterwards but has not been revealed until now.
The hack was discovered during routine monitoring of social networking sites, Jackson fan sites and hacking forums.
A source close to the company said: 'Everything Sony purchased from the Michael Jackson estate was compromised.
'It caused them to check their systems and they found the breach. There was a degree of sophistication.
'Sony identified the weakness and plugged the gap.'
The hack has compromised the work of other artists managed by the firm, including songs by Jimi Hendrix, Paul Simon, Olly Murs, the Foo Fighters and Avril Lavigne.
The source added that the second breach happening so soon after the first 'would have made investors and artists think, 'What other part of Sony isn't secure?''
Last night Sony admitted there had been a security breach and that the Michael Jackson material had been stolen but refused to say how much the hackers downloaded.
A source within the company said that although the Jackson estate had been told about the hack the company did not have to make the knowledge public as there was no customer data involved.
They added that computer experts had traced the hack to the UK by examining a 'fingerprint' allegedly left behind.
The Serious Organised Crime division took up the case and two men appeared in court last week charged with offences under the computer Misuse Act.
They denied all charges and were remanded on bail.
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Is Birchey one of the two people charged?
I think it´s sad, to steal Michael´s songs.
Many betrayed him when he was alive and now this.
Michael loved his fans but he didn´t give away his work for free.
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How could I lead my life so that every cell of living matter was also benefited?" Michael Jackson
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However strong is our desire to hear new songs, downloading them for free is a betrayal. And it's nothing else than stealing from Michael's kids. It's something no fan should do.
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Tanomë nauvan illumë, Mike. Whatever happens...
Everything seems to be blown out of proportion. Especially the numbers and everything. They might've hacked their servers and steal stuff but I don't believe for a second they stole 'more than 50,000 music files, worth £160million'. And like someone already mentioned, this isn't really news. A lot of people already knew about this since last year, when it happened.
I doubt much of what they stole will leak anytime soon. Some of that stuff is already circulating since last year (Loser, HT demo, People Of The World demo, Days In Glouchestershire and some other stuff, I suppose) but that's about it. So again, nothing new here.
Last edited by T.N.A.; 04-03-2012 at 03:46 PM.
Stealing isn't cool, no matter how deprived we are for new music. A fan doing it is much worse. They are not doing Michael's legacy any favor by it.
As a striving artist myself, I have no respect for those who take other people's art and steal them. I don't care what the justification is, you just don't do stuff like this. Michael put his heart and soul into his art and the least fans and the public can do is pay him for it. Even if he's no longer her, those songs belongs to his children now and they're the ones losing out when fans do this.
It's just selfish.
The "new" part of this story is that two people were charged last week. Although we have known the event and the complaints, this shows us that the court decided that there was enough to go to trial. so I guess that's what new.
^Yeah. That just the media being... the media. They're most likely just generalizing saying it was only MJ related stuff when it's actually more than just that. Even if the files were multitracks of each MJ related song or demo there it still wouldn't be 50,000 files. A couple of thousands, maybe, would be my estimation. As for the money (for the MJ stuff), no idea.
And yes, we knew about this this when it happened but we didn't knew if it was going to trial. Apparently it is, so I guess we should be hearing more about this case as it progresses.