More than 50,000 Michael Jackson music files were hacked from Sony's servers in 2011, the company recently confirmed.
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Jackson's back catalogue spanning his entire career, in addition to unreleased tracks, were allegedly illegally downloaded by Brits James Marks and James McCormick, the Guardian reports. The two suspects will stand trial in January 2013.
After the King of Pop's June 2009 death, Sony purchased the rights to all released and unreleased Jackson recordings for $250 million, allowing the company to sell tracks, DVDs and video games, according to CNN Money. Sony had planned to release 10 albums over the next seven years.
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This was the second notable hack Sony experienced in the span of a year. Anonymous leaked PlayStation 3 user information, including names, addresses, purchase history and credit card data, in a 2011 hack.
Do you think there will be consequences of hackers getting hold of unreleased material from Jackson's "Off the Wall," "Thriller" and "Bad" studio sessions? Let us know in the comments.
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