After releasing a movie picturing the assassination of the North Korean leader on its video streaming channel, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) said that it was aware of the security implications involved with the release. Sony Pictures Film formed alliance with Google and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to offer its movie, “The Interview”, online.
According to the search engine company, Sony Pictures was seeking partners for the online release of its latest comedy movie and both the parties came to an agreement for the same. While talking about the security implications associated with partnership, David Drummond, Chief legal Officer of Google Inc, said,
“We’d had a similar thought and were eager to help—though given everything that’s happened, the security implications were very much at the front of our minds.”
He further added,
“But after discussing all the issues, Sony and Google agreed that we could not sit on the sidelines and allow a handful of people to determine the limits of free speech in another country (however silly the content might be).”
Both Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) are said to go ahead with online streaming for the sake of the right of free speech and to prevent any foreign intimidation of the same. Brad Smith, General Counsel of Microsoft Corporation said that “a cyberattack on anyone’s rights is a cyberattack on everyone’s rights, and together we need to defend against it.”
While talking about the release of the movie, Michael Lynton, Chairman of Sony Pictures, said,
“It was essential for our studio to release this movie, especially given the assault upon our business and employees by those who wanted to stop free speech.”
Appreciation From White House
This initiative from Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL), Microsoft Inc (NASDAQ:MSFT), and Sony Pictures has received appreciation from the White House itself and Eric Schultz, spokesman for White House, said,
“As the president made clear on Friday, we do not live in a country where a foreign dictator can start imposing censorship here in the United States. With today’s announcements, people can now make their own choices about the film, and that’s how it should be.”
This article has been written by Prakash Pandey.