You would least expect it. Daniel Simkins, 15, went into BullRing Birmingham's HMV in order to buy some music CDs. He had his eye on an album called Throne to the Wolves by rock act From First to Last. According to CCTV footage taken from the store, what happens next is most shocking. Although the album peaked at #14 on Billboard Alternative Rock charts, he picked up the album, put it back, and simply walked out of the store, without a care in the world.
Sony Music Entertainment, one of the top four record labels in modern rock/pop music, sued Simkins for the low, low sum of £12,000. Although the album was released on Rise Records, an independent record based in Portland, Oregon, USA, a Sony spokesman said this: "Although the artist concerned is not part of the Sony roster of artists, we have decided to act, and stopped this criminal damage. Hundreds and hundreds of albums are simply ignored by people who are too selfish." According to insiders at Sony, this is another hard-won legal victory for SME and its various sub-labels.
From First to Last are to recieve 0.2% of the settlement.
When questioned on why he didn't legally buy the album, Simkins said that "I already bought it on Amazon MP3 Albums for £3 less. But I guess this is a lesson we all learn. Buying from chain stores is more civillised than digital media."