Tag: Sony

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Does anyone perchance still recall long ago in the mists of antiquity when the Sony hack was considered a big deal? Good times, eh? Anywho, for those still of the mind that this incident may be of some pertinence to themselves or their org I would invite you to review the following presentation by John […]

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Wouldn’t it be weird if Sony ended up making a lot of money from what looks to be a rather mediocre film?    Sony produced Fury, which had a huge promotional budget and a big star, at the cost of 68 mil., and so far they’ve grossed only 84 mil on it.  I doubt Sony planned […]

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“The Interview” Review

 

I can’t help but think of the 2003 Chris Rock movie Head of State. Chris Rock plays a Washington DC alderman who gets talked into running for President and … he wins. Thereby becoming the first black President of the United States. I saw it probably around 2004 and enjoyed it. Then I watched it again in 2010. It played … rather differently.

We don’t just watch a film in a vacuum, as with any piece of art, we view it through the lens of our time and place. A film can play one way when you see it the first time, it can play another way, often very differently, later. I know, for example, that if I were to watch Ghost Dad tonight, I would have a different reaction than if I had watched it a year ago.

Hack Away

 

shutterstock_232080763To the Washington Post’s report on the North Korean hack job (no, the other one), Drudge offers the following headline: “Cancellation sets worrying new precedent for cyber terror.”

Well, sure, it’s “new” in the sense that it just happened. And the attack did take a novel form, combining the data diarrhea of WikiLeaks with jihad’s pointedly obscure threats to silence opposition.

But we are already chock full of precedents, thank you. Cyber attacks from Russia and China over a course of decades have shown the world our response policy: “Pretty please?”

The Libertarian Podcast: The Sony Controversy

 

On this week’s installment of The Libertarian Podcast, Professor Epstein discusses the legal issues surrounding the Sony hacking and the subsequent dissemination of the purloined materials in the press. What does Supreme Court precedent have to say about the distribution of such information? (Spoiler alert: Richard thinks the Court got it wrong). Is there a coherent standard of “newsworthiness” that constrains such publications? The professor answers those questions and, in a Libertarian first, engages in a duel of wits with Aaron Sorkin. Listen in below: