Michael Jackson's back catalogue stolen by smooth criminals

The BBC revealed today that user credentials were not the only thing stolen in the breach of Sony’s security systems last year - the late Michael Jackson had his entire back catalogue stolen. This theft, which reportedly accounts for around 50,000 individual tracks and a substantial amount of unreleased material, was discovered last May in the aftermath of the security breach which left PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network Music Unlimited users without service for about almost a full month.

Two men from the UK were arrested back in May in connection with this theft and denied the charges in court; these men were released on bail and are scheduled to stand trial in January 2013. Sony paid $250 million (£158m) to the Jackson estate back in 2010 for the rights to everything Jackson ever recorded, but judging from the Jackson family’s gain as opposed to the year Sony had last year, we’d say the Jackson’s got the better end of the deal.

The moment we learn more, we'll keep you posted but for now; what are your views?

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Actually, it seems like a criminal releasing it to the public would be the best option for fans to ACTUALLY hear previously unreleased tracks that sony doesn't see fit to release.

th3r3turn said,
Do we know what format the files were in?
They were recorded using a RadioShack cassette recorder from a single paper-cone speaker powered by an 8-track radio in an AMC Gremlin then later converted to animated gif's with sound.

Tim Dawg said,
They were recorded using a RadioShack cassette recorder from a single paper-cone speaker powered by an 8-track radio in an AMC Gremlin then later converted to animated gif's with sound.

I heart you for this comment.

Daniel_Pooh said,
Never heard of this dude but hes weird lookin.


Eirther you are very young, you are trolling or you just climbed out from under a rock.

wixostrix said,
The author of this post is an ******* for the imaged used.

Sorry you have a hard time with reality.

wixostrix said,
The author of this post is an ******* for the imaged used.

Why is that? Heck, that's where he looked about his best ever, if you want to call it that!

No great loss as far as the music getting stolen, IMO.

wixostrix said,
The author of this post is an ******* for the imaged used.

Well that was one of the most significant, last public picture that was taken, when he came to London to announce This Is It. Why wouldn't the author use that?

drazgoosh said,

Well that was one of the most significant, last public picture that was taken, when he came to London to announce This Is It. Why wouldn't the author use that?

I just think he deserved more respect than that. I get that was one of his last public photos but there are millions of suitable pictures of him online. It's not really that serious though.