Two British hackers have been ordered to complete 100 hours of community service, after they admitted to downloading close to 8,000 music files containing copyrighted music by Michael Jackson , along with artwork and videos related to him. Some of files included unreleased songs or the components of unreleased songs.
That's according to British newspaper The Telegraph , which reports that James Marks, 27, and James McCormick, 26, pleaded guilty to two counts of unauthorized access to computer material. They were arrested in 2011 after Sony Music identified a security breach that also affected material from Beyonce , Elvis Presley and other top stars, according to The Telegraph .
"Both huge enthusiasts of Michael Jackson, they targeted Sony Music, which has the exclusive license to the late musician's catalog," a British prosecutor said of the hackers, The Telegraph reports. He added that the two men "took steps to sell on and to share the music with a wider audience in Internet forums."
Sony Music reportedly signed a seven-year deal with Michael's estate following his 2009 death. Sony has rights to sell the King of Pop's unreleased recordings, as part of a deal worth an estimated $250 million.
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