Two hackers that allegedly stole thousands of unreleased tracks from high-profile Sony Music artists - including Michael Jackson - after hacking into its US servers, have avoided jail time.
The Guardian reports that James Marks and James McCormick were looking for posthumous Michael Jackson releases to uncover rumours that they were sung by impersonators, and hacked in to the label’s systems from their home computers.
They pleaded guilty to downloading almost 8,000 files from Sony’s servers and after agreeing to a plea deal and received six-month sentences, suspended for one year, with 100 hours of community service each to serve.
Gregor McGill, head of organised crime at the Crown Prosecution Service said: "In simple terms, these men broke into a computer system and took music files that were not theirs to take.
"It was the prosecution's case that these men were fully aware that the files they obtained on their computers were subject to copyright and that they took steps to sell on and to share the music with a wider audience in internet forums."