Friday, December 19, 2014

FBI releases statement on North Korea and Sony hack; more on "extortion" angle (especially online trailers)

The FBI has released a statement on the Sony cyberattack, widely covered in the media, and discussed recently on my Movie reviews, Internet Safety, and main blog.
The link is here
President Obama will speak about the issue at 1:30 PM EST today. 
Congress will hold hearings as soon as it convenes January 3. 
CNN reports on a new message to Sony, here.  Sony will probably remove its own trailers from YouTube and could conceivably issue DMCA takedowns on copies in the short term, but there remains a troubling question as to whether YouTube (Google), Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.  will resist any pressure from North Korea on copies of material from the film, which must exist now in large quantity.  Hopefully, they have made their security much more resilient than was Sony’s (especially at the administrator level).  I don’t have any links (or embeds) to any trailers of the film myself, but I do have reviews of other films about North Korea on my movies and television blogs.  Could these lead to trouble?  Keeping them up is a matter of personal integrity.   
Some aspects of the issue have to do with international politics.  North Korea holds some hostages from Japan, and Sony is a Japanese company.  More relevant is that, however silly this seems to us, North Korea regards the mere existence of the film as the utterance of an assassination threat.  It is true, would Sony (or any studio) make a similar comedy about the leadership of Russia or China?   But it’s been done before.  


I agree with what the President said,  I would add, "what happens if someone is offended not just by the content but by the identity or circumstances or stake of the speaker?" 

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