Of course they can't stand up to N Korea. The Great Leader is holding the ashes of all the Japanese the N Koreans kidnapped hostage. Abe has promised to get these remains returned and Sony going after the evil Kitachosenjin is not part of his plans.
Having given this some thought it occurs to me that any code that might be enabled to erase so called pirates, copyright infringers and whoever else the AA's deem bad can be turned against them. A dedicated group such as Anonymous could conceivably erase a big studio like Sony from existence long enough to bring them to their financial knees or erase all trace of Comcast's offerings, support, sales and internet backbone for as long as they wanted.
Remember everything that can be conceived by these people is a two edged sword.
@tqk TL;DR: Hollywood is bribing politicians (Attorneys General) to attack people
Here's where the US judicial system has gone very wrong. Your chief means of oversight of the lawyers in a state is a politician. We all know what politicians are like. They'll feed off stuff no self respecting zombie would and do things that would shame a sewer rat. It's no wonder the USA is so fucked up!
I expect we'll see the top level people in Sony stand up and sorrowfully bow, offer their profound apologies and temporarily step down. At which point the uyoku and the bōryokudan step in and quietly ensure that the shareholders say nothing upsetting. It's the Japanese way.
And again the Harper Gov't has outdone itself in sucking up to the US.
I notice that 7 judges voted, that means two of them abstained from participating in the vote. When a Canadian Supreme abstains from making their opinion known that means there is something rotten in Inuvik.
I also expect we'll see an upsurge in Blackberry sales especially for the upgraded BES encryption.
The police are too busy killing Americans of colour, beating up pregnant women and children, harrassing and intimidating the people taking video of them beating up pregnant women and children and killing Americans of colour.
The FBI are too busy hatching plans for false acts of terrorism, covering up CIA and NSA fuckups and cvolluding with the idiots from TSA and Homeland Security.
The CIA and NSA are too busy waterboarding terrorists, conducting ineffective torture campaigns, listening in on the millions of recorded phone calls they collect every day,watching sites like Techdirt and collecting enough information on Mike Masnick to enable their corporate masters to send him to Gitmo.
Who's going to file the documentation to arrest the MPAA and the RIAA perps?
Not the various state and federal AG's and judges-they're too busy taking handouts from the AA's.
Not the many Senators and Congress people who have been bought off by the lobbyists.
IME the Chinese don't make any bones about it. They aren't subtle about asking for a bribe. And yes, there's a list of rates made up by the Chinese detailing the amounts needed to buy a Chinese official.
Being that I come from a country where the people who fill the same role as the AG in the USA are appointed by the crown and am now living in a country where similar rules apply.
Seriously, what's the big deal? All Americans are corrupt.
Every non American knows that for a fact. That US politicians are corrupt is so well known has led the Chinese to publish a list of rates covering how much it costs to bribe each level of American snivel serpent.
Let's cut through all the BS and get down to what is really going to happen. The big ISPs, cable companies and other net providers are going to win. They will get what they want, when they want it despite what Mikey & Co are saying. It's going to be just like Ferguson or Staten Island-with only one difference, the corpse lying on the ground won't be that of some kid of an overly profiled racial group. No, in this case it will be Techdirt or the EFF's dead, cold body lying there. But, that's OK. No worries. The US is a capitalistic company where large monolithic companies are allowed to thrive.
Those large monolithic companies would never do anything to hurt their customers, right?
This is America, the authorities would never condone this right?
Anyone with some skills can do an endrun around the big players by building their own ISP. Currently in the US it's illegal(you guys are so fucked up) but, in other countries-like Japan, it's quite legal.
Obviously, I'm not going to do this. Softbank is supplying me with 40 MBPS service for a very low price. Their competitors-OCN, ODN, Tokyo Metallica, SoNet and NTT Data keep sending me flyers, phoning me up and threatening me with better service, lower prices and cheap presents like iphone 6's, iPads or other gimmicks-if only I would switch to their service.