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The Finest in Podcasting

17 February 2013 1:04 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Godfather of Sound on Sight, Ricky D., and I were recently conversing through email when he broached the topic of me writing an article about the ten best film related podcasts. For those who don’t know me very well I am a big fan of the medium of podcasting when it comes to film. I love good discussion about the world of film, as well as interesting insight about the art form that I am so endeared with. A couple of years ago I began a trek, on my blog, through every single film related podcast I could find. The goal was to experience as much film discussion as I could and to separate the wheat from the chaff. The trek is still ongoing, but at this point I feel like I have a decent handle on what the very best film related podcasts are out of the ones I have listened to. »

- Bill Thompson

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Michael Jackson hackers avoid jail over stolen tracks

14 January 2013 3:24 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Two British men have avoided prison sentences after admitting they hacked into Sony Music's servers and stole music tracks, including previously-unreleased material by Michael Jackson. The Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) said that James Marks, 27, and James McCormick, 26, breached Sony's servers in the Us and downloaded thousands of tacks. Alongside songs by the late Jackson, the hackers also downloaded music by artists including Jls, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. In total, they downloaded around 7,000 files, either completed tracks or their component parts, along with artwork and videos, according to Soca. Marks and McCormick were arrested in May 2011, and Soca identified from chat logs on their computers that they intended to sell or trade some of the files. After pleading guilty to computer misuse offences at a hearing in September (more) »

- By Andrew Laughlin

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Hackers Sentenced For Michael Jackson Music Theft

11 January 2013 2:29 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

London — A British court sentenced two hackers to 100 hours of community service on Friday for stealing a treasure trove of unreleased music – including Michael Jackson tracks – from the U.S. servers of Sony Music Entertainment.

Officials said that music aficionados James Marks, 27, and James McCormick, 26, used their home computers to access Sony's servers and scour them for Jackson-related material. The pair downloaded nearly 8,000 files, including completed or partial tracks, artwork, and videos relating to Jackson and other unspecified Sony artists.

The precise nature of the unreleased material hasn't been made clear – Sony refused to comment on the case. A statement from Britain's Serious and Organized Crime Agency identified some of the material as stems, which are audio tracks that can be used in mixes and overdubs.

Marks and McCormick _who met online – were arrested in May 2011 after Sony alerted U.K. law enforcement to the breach. Chat logs recovered from »

- AP

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