The two British hackers who allegedly stole Michael Jacksonâ€™s music after breaking into Sonyâ€™s servers got away without prison time but were sentenced to complete 100 hours of community service, according to The Guardian.
27-year old James Marks and 26 year-old James McCormick confessed they were big fans of Michael Jackson, which made them search for evidence that his posthumous songsÂ weren’tÂ interpreted by an impersonator. In the cyber-attack they managed to download hundreds of files from other singers too.
â€œMixed emotions,â€ Marks said about the end of the court battle on his Twitter account. â€œI’m grateful to the Judge for being lenient and fully accept I accessed the server, & apologize to Sony.â€ He also suggested â€œone day people will know more.â€ â€œThereâ€™s a lot more, I just need to find the correct, legal and respectful output.â€
The hacker maintains that he downloaded 300 illicit files. â€œPlease donâ€™t believe the press, or SOCA. 7900 files… wasn’t it 49,000 last year? Itâ€™s more like 300 files. They added files from elsewhere,â€ Marks said.
Marks and McCormick initially pleaded guilty to computer misuse and copyright offenses. The six-month sentences were suspended for a year and replaced with community service. The two men managed to hack into Sonyâ€™s US servers from their home computers.
The entertainment giant has a $250 million deal signed for seven years to sell the unreleased recordings of Michael Jackson, who died in 2009.