Friday, 10 April 2015

Major labels join legal action against alleged hacker

All three major record companies are taking  action against Swedish man for allegedly hacking the email accounts of music industry executives to access unreleased recordings including those from Nicki Minaj and Mary J Blige, which he then allegedly sold to DJs and websites who leaked them ahead of official releases.  According to Torrentfreak, the man is being prosecuted after an FBI investigation and prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad explained: "In the United States an investigation was launched into the stolen songs. The tracks led to Sweden through bank accounts and IP addresses. Therefore, we were contacted". The accused, who denies the charges against him, could face fines and up to two years in prison if found guilty of the hacking and leaking allegations. He also faces civil litigation from Sony, Universal and Warner, who will likely claim that the leaks cost them much more than the $12,000 the accused is thought to have made from selling the unreleased tracks.

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