Sony has confirmed a number of Michael Jackson tracks have been stolen after its website was hacked. In 2010 Sony Music paid $250 million to the late singer’s estate for a seven-year deal for the rights to his remaining songs.
The singer, who died in June 2009 at the age of 50, had recorded unreleased duets with artists such as the late Freddie Mercury and Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am. The hack happened in April last year when Sony’s PlayStation Network was hacked and the company admitted that the personal details of more than 70 million people may have been taken.
Two men from the UK have appeared in court to deny computer misuse and copyright offences. James Marks, 26 and from Daventry, and 25-year-old James McCormick from Blackpool, were arrested last May and are due to stand trial in January 2013.