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Sharing Beyonce’s latest album will cost you £150,000

Swedish filesharer given a bill for uploading album
Tue Mar 05 2013, 17:46

FILESHARING AN ALBUM by Beyonce has got a Swede in some very big trouble.

The pop star represented by Sony saw an early preview of her album released to filesharing websites before anyone had the chance to hype it up and push it to the market.

According to a post at Torrent Freak, Sony cried havoc and let slip the dogs of copyright law on a filesharing Swede in 2011. It presented him with the sort of bill that banksters and pimps spend on their wardrobes. Those dogs, we understand, were carrying a bill for $233,000, or £150,000, or 1.5 million kronor.

Sony filed the lawsuit and asked for the cash, and apparently it looks like it will get its wish. The amount is said to be based on lost sales, marketing costs and the firm's relationship with Beyonce. We are trying to confirm this with Sony in the UK.

Wikipedia has it that Beyonce recorded as many as 72 songs for the album. Around a dozen made it to the final pressing. It was a solid number one release in the US and UK and other territories, and claims decent scores from critics.

It was due out in the early summer, but our Swede took the 'early' bit too seriously and leaked it to filesharing websites on 8 June, as opposed to the planned 24 June. The accused is said to be a music industry insider, but this could mean anything from a producer to a runner.

At the time Beyonce said that she was sad about the leak, but glad that people liked the album.

"My music was leaked and while this is not how I wanted to present my new songs, I appreciate the positive response from my fans. When I record music I always think about my fans singing every note and dancing to every beat," she wrote on Facebook.

"I make music to make people happy and I appreciate that everyone has been so anxious to hear my new songs." µ


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