After sitting quietly while websites embarrass Sony executives publishing intimate emails with secrets and sometimes harsh and salacious reveals on talent and projects, Sony Pictures finally began to stand up for itself. Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Amy Pascal went public to explain her side of being in the website cross hairs. She and Michael Lynton today addressed the Sony troops and tried to rally their flagging spirits. And oh, yeah, legal counsel David Boies put media on notice that there might be lawsuit repercussions for sites trafficking in stolen dish, possibly hacked and dispersed to media to punish Sony for making The Interview, the comedy that depicts North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a buffoon who comes to an untimely demise. Reactions to the letter have varied. Some felt that the threat of litigation and lawyer fees could put a necessary chill in websites that might question their ruthlessness because they don’t have the resources to defend against a legal fight; others feel that First Amendment protections make Boies’ threats a lot of hooey, despite what pretend media expert Aaron Sorkin wrote in his NYT Op-ed; and others felt that invoking the threat of high priced lawyers revokes Sony’s victim sympathy card, and reminds that while other studios bolstered firewalls after the Target hack, a leading global technology conglomerate did an unbelievably bad job protecting itself from hackers, while saving money with layoffs that decimated its IT staff.
Here’s the full text of the Boies’ letter sent to legal counsel of publications all over, we presume. Should it make all of us quake with fear, or is it like reading the legal warning on that tag of a mattress you’re just dying to tear off, just because you’ve been told not to?
December 14. 2014
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