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Sony Bows to Hackers; Cancels Release of 'The Interview'

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    In a development that should anger everyone who believes in Freedom of Speech, Sony announced that they will not be releasing 'The Interview' on Christmas Day. This comes after nearly every major movie theater chain announced they will not be airing the movie out of fear that their theater would come under attack by terrorists. You read that correctly--North Korean hackers have somehow scared a milti-billion dollar industry into not showing a movie.

    It is really hard for me to accept this one. How in the world have we allowed a few hackers under the direction of a communist dictatorship to tell us what movies we can and can not watch? I can list off a plethora of movies that lambaste North Korea to no end, most notably when the creators of South Park released 'Team America: World Police.' That movie was released after 9/11 and North Korea was undoubtedly upset about it, but that didn't stop Paramount Pictures from publishing it.

    What made Sony so scared this time around? Do they honestly think that North Korea has the capability, or balls, to launch a 9/11 style attack on America? That would pretty much guarantee the collapse of their government after America bombed them to oblivion in retaliation.

    It is a sad day when a major motion picture company bows down to a few state funded hackers who tried to blackmail them. Instead of standing up for freedom of speech they have now encouraged every single government and non governmental agency alike to threaten a studio who is about to release something they don't like until they back down. Sony set a dangerous precedent today.
  • Center Left
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    I completely agree with you. I have been following the story from the start with a fear of them giving in. When I saw today that movie theaters were pulling the film I knew what was going to happen.
  • Liberal
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    Jared.... I agree 100 percent. Hackers hide behind computers.....and look at these brave American theater owners......SCARED.
    Who knows, maybe Sony is afraid of what would be revealed in the information stolen.
  • Democrat
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    I don't like one little bit that this bullying tactic worked on Sony, and it might just have set a bad precedent, but I thought it about for awhile and I asked myself this question, if Sony went ahead and allowed the movie to be shown and some wacko acted on the threat and several people were either killed or injured because of it, would Sony Corp. be held liable because of their ignoring the threat?
  • Liberal
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    I wouldn't think so. You're not forced to go to the movies. The same when you go to a ball game.The stadium or the team isn't liable if a foul ball breaks your nose. You waive that right upon a voluntary purchase
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    if a country we virulently dislike released a movie showing the actual president of the u.s. (yes, i know. being played by an actor) being assassinated imo the majority of the country would be up in arms over it. actually i will modify that statement. if it were obama most of the country wouldn't give a damn. if it were done when saint ronnie were president then my comment stands.

    sony are idiots. over on radiofreeliberal is a thread about this looked at from the pov of a person who worked in the industry and notes the lack of real concern over it security within the industry.

    free speech? no. if sony chooses to shelve the movie that is their prerogative. it is a pseudo-intellectual property belonging to them. they may do with it as they please.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    johnnycee Wrote:but I thought it about for awhile and I asked myself this question, if Sony went ahead and allowed the movie to be shown and some wacko acted on the threat and several people were either killed or injured because of it, would Sony Corp. be held liable because of their ignoring the threat?
    I couldn't see any court on this land ever holding Sony liable for a murder. That would be the equivalent of saying that Ted Cruz or Michele Bachmann could be held liable if a Tea Party 'patriot' attempted to assassinate the President. No court on this land would ever rule that a private company could be held liable because some wacko killed someone over a movie that hurt their feelings.

    Sony set a seriously dangerous precedent here. Do they honestly think that the movie won't be leaked? Their actions of cancelling the movie will most likely ensure that millions of people who would have never thought of watching the movie will now watch it. The curiosity factor is too great now.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    lonely bird Wrote: if a country we virulently dislike released a movie showing the actual president of the u.s. (yes, i know. being played by an actor) being assassinated imo the majority of the country would be up in arms over it. actually i will modify that statement. if it were obama most of the country wouldn't give a damn. if it were done when saint ronnie were president then my comment stands.
    There are dozens of AMERICAN movies and television series that show or depict the assassination of an American President, let alone the hundreds more foreign films that do the same thing. I pretty much guarantee you there are plenty of films in North Korea that depict the assassination of an American President. The same goes for plenty of countries in the Middle-East and everywhere else. The difference is that our Government just doesn't care.
  • Democrat
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    America is a suit happy nation, some parts of the country even more so, the suits are not about assessing liability but to feather the coffers of many Law Firms. There will be somewhere in the this country some lawyer or lawyers who will take the up the matter, there are some lawyers who will attempt to blame the victim of a drunk driver that he or she should have known that the Holiday season is the time of higher percentage of drunks driving, and so should have planned their trip accordingly. I agree that it does set a really bad example.
  • Liberal
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    johnnycee Wrote: America is a suit happy nation, some parts of the country even more so, the suits are not about assessing liability but to feather the coffers of many Law Firms. There will be somewhere in the this country some lawyer or lawyers who will take the up the matter, there are some lawyers who will attempt to blame the victim of a drunk driver that he or she should have known that the Holiday season is the time of higher percentage of drunks driving, and so should have planned their trip accordingly. I agree that it does set a really bad example.
    JC
    When it comes down to it.....most Americans are riddled with fear. We talk a good game,,,but that's it. These Sony executives turned into ostriches when the heat got turned up.....American "EXCEPTIONALISM"....I love it. They should go and start rapping ribbons around the trees in their front yards. We're good at that.
    You let this idiot scare you...WOW. Maybe we should waive some flags aroud and have a BBQ...A FAT IDIOT KID

    In the morning of the Bay of Pigs....Raul Castro was on the beach that morning and all cubans believed that the US was going to invade.....Raul was asked how he felt.....he replied, "It was a beautiful day to die that morning" Kennedy knew that he was going to have to kill everyone that day,,,,,he pulled his air support that morning.......maybe Sony executives should take a class on "BRAVERY" from these savages on that little Island we whisper...CUBA
  • Democrat
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    L.A. Citizen Wrote:
    johnnycee Wrote: America is a suit happy nation, some parts of the country even more so, the suits are not about assessing liability but to feather the coffers of many Law Firms. There will be somewhere in the this country some lawyer or lawyers who will take the up the matter, there are some lawyers who will attempt to blame the victim of a drunk driver that he or she should have known that the Holiday season is the time of higher percentage of drunks driving, and so should have planned their trip accordingly. I agree that it does set a really bad example.
    JC
    When it comes down to it.....most Americans are riddled with fear. We talk a good game,,,but that's it. These Sony executives turned into ostriches when the heat got turned up.....American "EXCEPTIONALISM"....I love it. They should go and start rapping ribbons around the trees in their front yards. We're good at that.
    You let this idiot scare you...WOW. Maybe we should waive some flags aroud and have a BBQ...A FAT IDIOT KID

    In the morning of the Bay of Pigs....Raul Castro was on the beach that morning and all cubans believed that the US was going to invade.....Raul was asked how he felt.....he replied, "It was a beautiful day to die that morning" Kennedy knew that he was going to have to kill everyone that day,,,,,he pulled his air support that morning.......maybe Sony executives should take a class on "BRAVERY" from these savages on that little Island we whisper...CUBA
    In Oct.1962 I was on the tarmac at Miami International Airport in full gear with a T-10 strapped on ( that's a parachute), as a member of the 82nd. Airborne, we were given ,at least my particular unit was, orders to jump into a cane field where there was a radar station and take it out and then hold it, so glad cooler heads prevailed that morning, any way we did not know what the commotion was really all about, later I was to learn that it wasn't anything more than a pissing contest between the two big boys on the block, one on the one end and the other at the other end, with Cuba caught in the middle, too bad someone took McNamara's leash off in the Johnson years which resulted in 58,000 + war dead, it is time again to allow cooler heads to prevail once more.
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  • Liberal
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    I don't get it...play the movie.....they spent 90 million dollars total.....what are they thinking? get some Korean BBQ and watch movie.

    Sony should just give away the movie..FREE. I'd have have airdrops into North Korea with free popcorn
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    L.A. Citizen Wrote: I don't get it...play the movie.....they spent 90 million dollars total.....what are they thinking? get some Korean BBQ and watch movie.

    Sony should just give away the movie..FREE. I'd have have airdrops into North Korea with free popcorn

    Give it time, it will be leaked onto the internet soon enough, someone at Sony has a copy that will mysteriously disappear.
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