Irony: Sony Turns To Google, The Company It Was Plotting Against, To Stream The Interview

from the funny-how-that-works dept

To me, the biggest story to come out of the Sony Hack remains how the MPAA and the major studios were conspiring to attack Google by paying for state Attorneys General to drum up silly investigations of the company. Most everyone else in the press seems much more focused on the gossip and, of course, what happens to The Interview, the Seth Rogen/James Franco movie that some think was the reason for the hack in the first place (even if the evidence on that remains questionable). Either way, as you know, Sony briefly shelved the plans to release the movie (which has fairly dreadful reviews from those who have seen it), but then decided to allow a few independent theaters to show it, followed by the announcement this morning that it would stream the movie via YouTube.

There are lots of bizarre story lines related to this — including, apparently, Apple turning Sony down when approached with a similar deal for iTunes. Or the whole idea of how this might actually show the Hollywood studios the value of releasing movies online at the same time as in theaters (a message many have been trying to send Hollywood for ages, which Hollywood is quite resistant to). And, of course, there’s the whole story line about a giant company being bullied by a few stray threats about showing the film in theaters, which almost no one thinks were serious.

Still, the story that is most fascinating to me is tying this whole thing back to that original story, about “Project Goliath” and the plan to conspire to attack Google — and the fact that when Sony needed to find a place to stream the film, it turned to YouTube, a Google-owned company. Huh. Of course, this fits with the long history of the legacy entertainment industry lashing out and attacking the creators of the innovations that industry most needs. The recording industry attacked radio when it first came on the scene, though it eventually enabled the music industry to grow so big. Hollywood, famously, claimed the VCR was “the Boston Stranger” to the movie industry — yet four years after that statement was made, home video brought in more revenue for Hollywood than the box office. The RIAA sued one of the first MP3 players, yet digital music is a major, growing source of revenue these days. And, of course, Viacom engaged in a many years-long battled with YouTube.

Maybe, just maybe, one of these days the legacy entertainment players will get the message that innovators and entrepreneurs aren’t the enemy. They’re the ones providing Hollywood (and music and other industries) with all the tools to better serve the market.

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Anonymous Coward says:

You know, I had no interest in this movie when I first heard about it. It holds the same level of significance for me today after the hack story. It sounded like a boring movie from the rumors; nothing has changed. I’ll pass on this one like I do so many others. It is my firm opinion that the studios only make 2 maybe 3 good movies in a year and that’s stretching it.

Mindless movies for the masses doesn’t interest me as I usually wind up with wanting my time back I spent watching it.

Anonymous Coward says:

i sincerely hope that Google gives Sony the ‘time-honored response’ of ‘FUCK YOU’!!

Google has all but bent over backwards to aid the entertainment industries, who, incidentally, refuse to do anything and much less pay for anything, to help themselves! these industries also refuse to do anything that was truly preventative in downloading from the internet by keeping a tighter rein on the people who have access to the media on completion. they dont go after anyone who may have uploaded the material or given it to someone else to do so but jump all over those they say have then downloaded it! i cannot understand how that can really be legal. surely it’s baiting people purposefully, isn’t it, just so they can get court actions against people rather than take ‘all reasonable precautions’ to stop the process. if i get burgled because i didn’t lock the door, i lose a hell of a lot of my claim from the insurers for being negligent, even though it was accidental. this is done on purpose by the industries and no one says a thing! strange!!

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

I think Google deserves a lot of credit for their interaction with the entertainment industry. They know the industry wants to destroy them, but they believe society is better off providing these services, even in their somewhat crippled form, then not doing it at all. Only when faced with complete insanity (like the Google News stuff in Europe) that would cost Google millions have they shut the door.

David (profile) says:

What are the chances...

Maybe, just maybe, one of these days the legacy entertainment players will get the message that innovators and entrepreneurs aren’t the enemy. They’re the ones providing Hollywood (and music and other industries) with all the tools to better serve the market.

What are the chances of that, or: how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

Bill Rosenblatt (user link) says:

You missed the point.

The high order bit here is the rank hypocrisy that Google would rightly be accused of if it did not make the movie available. Google is supposed to be all about free expression and being good on security. If they did not air the movie, they’d be seen as knuckling under to censorship and hacking. I think they made the right call.

Anonymous Coward says:

I wont be watching it BECAUSE of the OBVIOUS hype…….by stupid people who see this as an acceptable form of entertainment propaganda……….NOBODY from ANY side should be doing it……and believe me, with what the US has been getting away with, if folks started “satairing” the US government with which there is MUCH material, and which hardly any US media distributer is BRAVE enough to touch…… might then start understanding, why this might not “seem” like satire…………

I want to see obama’s head s’plode……….No, i dont, but how do you feel right now…..”satarical”……… not making excuses for a person i dont know that others keep shouting is evil…….im saying, YOUR NO BETTER, with the en masse manipulation through “entertainment”…..oh so cery sowrry, …..satire………….no go beat your war drums, you peace loving people

Report the facts, and stop the narrative

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