As Sony Continues Threatening Reporters, NY Times Reporter Wins Pulitzer For Reporting On Sony's Emails

from the that's-called-reporting dept

We’ve been discussing Sony’s ridiculous threat letters to members of the press (including us) with claims about how they should not read, share or report on the leaked Sony emails, hinting at how this violates all sorts of laws. As we’ve explained, that’s a bunch of hogwash. While the original hacking almost certainly broke the law, reporting on what’s in there after it’s been leaked remains entirely legal. And, if you want even more support for why it’s important, with the latest Pulitzer Prizes being awarded, it’s notable that one of the winners for investigative journalism went to Eric Lipton of the NY Times for a series of stories that he’s done exposing the influence of lobbyists — and that includes Lipton’s excellent reporting (with Nick Wingfield) using the leaked Sony emails to detail how the MPAA was trying to bring back SOPA via influencing various State Attorneys General.

That reporting has been tremendously important in exposing how the MPAA has sought to undermine the will of the public that was so outspoken concerning SOPA, but which had no way to speak out about what was happening behind closed doors because of those very doors. The fact that these emails have shone a bright light on questionable moves by the MPAA has also highlighted why we need more transparency on the policy making front and an end to backroom negotiations. That doesn’t mean whoever released Sony’s emails was necessarily right to do so, but those reporting on them absolutely have done incredibly valuable and important work. And, yes, it’s legal to do so, contrary to Sony’s silly threats.

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Mason Wheeler (profile) says:

that includes Lipton’s excellent reporting (with Nick Wingfield) using the leaked Sony emails to detail how the MPAA was trying to bring back SOPA via influencing various State Attorneys General.

It’s times like this I wonder why the Founding Fathers, with all their tremendous foresight and wisdom, never thought to put a “no means no” provision into the section on Congress’s power to make laws.

Groaker (profile) says:

Streisand effect

By now Sony should have learned that these empty threats only remind people that Sony’s not exactly a white hat company. Their threats only serve to stimulate our memories of the Sony BMG rootkit scandal. I believe people should have gone to jail, as installing rootkits on other peoples computers is not exactly legal.

And of course not only removing Linux from the PS3, but also the way that Sony went about it. Never mind that Sony reputedly has a history of being hacked and rehacked, Apparently without the will to make an effort to uphold their responsibilities. Some 100,000,000 people are estimated to have personal data stolen from Sony.

Why does anybody buy from this company?

Anonymous Coward says:

Oh look, there’s Mike Masnick shilling for Google again.

Hey Mike, everyone knows Google bankrolled the bogus SOPA protest, mkay? And it was like 4 years ago, so you can stop spiking the football anytime you want.

Is Google going to fly you to the EU to do some lying? In case it might lower their anti-trust fine? That’s a long flight I bet. Anyway, see ya around, Pirate boy!

DB (profile) says:

I didn’t know that “Google bankrolled the bogus SOPA protest”.

I didn’t want SOPA. None of my friends that knew about the issues wanted SOPA. It appeared that only a few big companies wanted it.

No element of the SOPA protest appeared to be bogus. It was genuine, wide-spread grass-roots concern. In stark contrast to the manufactured pro-SOPA lobbying.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

Mike and the other Google stooges lied about SOPA. After the DNS part was pulled from the bill, they still insisted it would “break the internet” (yes, that’s where that now-widely mocked piece of hyperbole originated).

Google profits from piracy as they sell ads on sites that promote piracy, either via adsense, or one of their other shell ad services. 97% of the billions Google makes comes from advertising, which is why they, and Masnick, hate artists and love piracy.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

Google may profit from piracy but that is only on sites that haven’t received a DMCA takedown or have not been confirmed that it is copyrightable material. Also if they did make any money from those sites it would be miniscule in comparison to their main advertisers. If you have the magical program that knows instantly what is piracy and what isn’t, you could make millions by selling it. Google would probably pay you a lot for it since they already have to deal quite a lot with DMCA issues and it would help eliminate a lot of expenses.

PaulT (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Google snipeing

He has no citation, it’s a six degrees of separation kind of thing.

Google makes money from advertising. A small percentage of both advertisers and sites that host infringing material. A percentage of those ads make money. Therefore, Google’s income is from piracy.

It won’t get any more concrete than that, since it requires a creative interpretation of facts, not facts themselves. He’s essentially saying that anyone who carries ads for second hand goods makes their money from stolen items, because a small percentage of them may well indeed have been stolen. Therefore, we should give Sony a free pass on everything they do, for some reason.

John Fenderson (profile) says:

Re: Re:

“I didn’t know that “Google bankrolled the bogus SOPA protest””

That’s because they didn’t. Google did its best to ignore the SOPA issue, but eventually the popular uprising became too loud. Google only got on board relatively late in the game, once it was unmistakably clear which way the wind was blowing.

PaulT (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Re:

Typical M.O. – if he can’t find a way to defend whatever indefensible action is being taken, he has to fall back on lies and personal attacks. Admitting fault on the part of one of his beloved **AA members is inconceivable, although he does actually seem to have taken the more logical approach of simply not commenting occasionally. Not here, alas, but the obvious lies and distortion are laughable.

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