mj live Michael Jackson hackers escape jail sentence

Two British men charged with hacking into servers owned by Sony Music Entertainment and making off with a whopping 8,000 files, including numerous unreleased Michael Jackson tracks, managed to escape a prison sentence and get community service instead.

Two British men charged with hacking into servers owned by Sony Music Entertainment and making off with a whopping 8,000 files, including numerous unreleased Michael Jackson tracks, managed to escape a prison sentence and get community service instead.

 
27-year-old James Marks from Daventry and 26-year-old James McCormick from Blackpool pleaded guilty to the charges and were handed six-month suspended sentences and 100 hours of helping the community for their Bad behaviour.
 
The Smooth Criminals claimed that their motive was to find evidence of whether or not some of the tracks developed with Eddie Cascio on the posthumous Michael album were fakes, as many fans of the King of Pop claim.
 
mj live Michael Jackson hackers escape jail sentence
 
However, the prosecution produced chat log evidence that the men planned to sell or share the unreleased music, potentially profiting from or reducing the profit of Sony's material, which it paid a whopping $250 million for in a landmark deal following Jackson's death.
 
The duo's solicitor said that they wanted to point out to fans and family of Michael Jackson that they would “never do anything to harm the legacy that is Michael Jackson's music.” Clearly they are not Dangerous then.
 
One of the hackers, James Marks, claims that he only downloaded around 300 files from the Sony servers, not the 7,900 files cited in the court case, suggesting that the prosecution was counting all files he had in his default Downloads folder for Firefox. However, he said he was grateful for the judge's leniency and wanted to apologise to Sony over the incident.
 
Source: The Guardian
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