UK pair appear in court over stolen, unreleased Jackson tracks
Holly Frith
10:04 6th March 2012

Two men have been charged following the recent hacking of Michael Jackson's back catalogue.

Yesterday (March 6) Sony confirmed that a substantial number unheard of Michael Jackson tracks were stolen from its website by hackers.

The two men in question, James Marks, 26 and James McCormick, 25, appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Friday (March 2)

The pair have now been charged under the Computer Misuse Act and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. They both deny the charges.

A statement issued by Sony concerning the hackng reads: "We confirmed the breach last May and immediately took steps to secure the site and notify authorities. As a result, the two suspects were arrested. There was no consumer data involved in the incident."

It is believed that more than 50,000 digital files - including unreleased material - were  hijacked.