Published Apr 10, 2015It's been a decade and a half since online leaks started becoming a problem, and the issue still remains unresolved. Now, one 25-year-old Swedish man is feeling the brunt of the industry's rage, since he's being sued by all three major labels over some songs that leaked between 2010 and 2013.
According to Torrentfreak, the man — whose identity has not been revealed — stands accused of hacking into the email accounts of industry members and leaking the music he found therein.
This include unreleased material from Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and Mary J. Blige. The man allegedly sold the songs to DJs around the world, apparently making around $12,000.
Eventually, the trail of bank accounts and IP addresses led FBI investigators to Sweden. Labels including Sony, Universal and Warner are suing him for damages, and it's possible that the man could face fines and up to two years behind bars. The man denies the charges.
It looks like the accused may suffer the same fate as some of his fellow countrymen, since the Swedes behind the torrent-sharing hub the Pirate Bay have been targeted for years. There was a big raid last year and the site was taken down, but it quickly came back online.