Peer-to-peer file sharing company, BitTorrent Inc. just let Sony Pictures know they’re offering to host controversial Kim Jong-un assassination movie, “The Interview,” on their servers. Is Sony going to bite?
Sony Pictures Entertainment is facing an onslaught of criticism after pulling their comedy film "The Interview" from movie theaters due to threats of terrorist attacks. Since then, the media giant has had no offers from any major VOD or e-commerce site to host the film until BitTorrent recently expressed their intention to bring the movie to the masses.
“There have been calls for Sony to release the film online. And many have contacted us asking: Would they be able to release the movie using BitTorrent? Though we normally would not offer commentary during such a trying time for another company, the answer is yes,” BitTorrent released in a statement, as published on Perez Hilton.
“BitTorrent Bundle is in fact the very best way for Sony to take back control of their film, to not acquiesce to terrorist threats, and to ensure a wide audience can view the film safely. It would also strike a strong note for free speech,” BitTorent continued.
"The Interview" stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as a pair of journalists who get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to interview North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and are recruited by the CIA to take the strongman down.
Unfortunately, hackers calling themselves the Guardians of Peace (GOP) perpetrated a massive data breach on Sony in support of North Korea protesting the film’s release. Thousands of gigabytes of sensitive information were made public, including confidential Social Security numbers, bank accounts, unreleased movies and screenplays, and internal emails between Sony executives.
GOP also threatened to replicate the 9/11 attacks on movie theater which dare to show the movie on its Dec. 25, 2014 release date, prompting Sony to pull the film from distribution.
BitTorrent’s offer to host the movie is currently Sony’s only other option for the film to see the light of day. And while a majority of people consider BitTorrent a piracy site, the company begs to differ, claiming in the same statement that:
"BitTorrent Bundle is a safe and legal way for Sony to release this film and they would join the nearly 20,000 creators and rights holders now using the Bundle publishing platform."
Listen to BitTorrent’s advice to the embattled media conglomerate:
Do you think Sony should take BitTorrent’s offer? Say your piece in the comments and stay tuned on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more news developments on "The Interview."
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