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Sony looses Michael Jackson tracks

Hacking of Sony Music happened soon afterwards but has only just been revealed

Bosses at Sony have confirmed that a number of Michael Jackson tracks were stolen during a recent hacking of their Sony Music site.

It is yet to be confirmed how many tracks and which titles were stolen in the online attack, the company refuse to comment at the moment. Sony Music paid $250 million (£158m) to the late Michael Jacksons estate in 2010 giving them the rights to his remaining songs for seven years.

The singer Michael Jackson died aged 50 in June 2009, leaving many unreleased tracks including duets with other artists including Will.I.Am and Freddie Mercury. The following December 2010 Sony Music released the first few tracks of titles they had gained in a posthumous album entitled Michael.

Sony's Playstation Network was hacked last April and it appears that the hacking of Sony Music happened soon afterwards but has only just been revealed. When the Playstation Network was hacked more than 70 million peoples details were taken. It is still to be confirmed if tracks by any other artists were also taken. Sony Music hosts material for many artists such as Avril Lavigne, Olly Murs and the Foo Fighters

Last May James Marks, 26 from Daventry and James McCormick, 25 from Blackpool were arrested and are due to stand trial in January 2013. Today two men appeared in court to deny the charge of computer misuse and copyright offences.

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