Sony Warns Twitter To Stop Users Exposing Leaked E-mails Or It’ll Sue
So as we watch the live Sony hack attack drama unravel before our eyes, which keeps on getting more intriguing with the involvement of FBI and national governments, the latest we have heard from SonyLand is it is now threatening Twitter and its users for tweeting the leaked emails of executives.
Having already to deal with the sheer embarrassment and Google’s blame game, and lawsuits of the affected employees, we are not surprised that Sony is taking extreme steps to stop the spread of the documents.
Val Broeksmit, a Californian musician received the mail from Sony soon after he started tweeting out the leaked documents. Thinking it was a hoax, he continued to post screenshots of the executive’s e-mails, until his account got temporarily suspended by Twitter. The mail had included Sony’s request to pull off the tweets otherwise Twitter will be asked to take action.
Once the musician got his account back, he continued posting the screenshots, this time blacking out the email addresses of the executives, which he had not done before getting suspended.
So Sony sent another email to Broeksmit, this time from its lawyers, threatening a lawsuit if the tweets are not removed and Broeksmit does not stop from posting further tweets, saying it “expressly reserves all rights, remedies, claims and defenses available to it under applicable law.”
But Broeksmit is not afraid of the threats, and says he will continue posting the screenshots:
“I’m not with a newspaper and I think I can get away with it,” he continued “It’s important—the reason is it’s so new and different from anything we’ve seen before. This is a billion dollar company being made bare to the public. It’s crazy I have these emails, and it’s fascinating to learn how these companies work.”
Leaving Sony with no choice, Sony then sent Twitter a legal letter, saying if “stolen information continues to be disseminated by Twitter in any manner,” Sony will “hold Twitter responsible for any damage or loss arising from such use or dissemination by Twitter.”
Sony also asked Twitter to forward the legal threat to Broeksmit.
Twitter confirmed that the letter is authentic, but has not disclosed the action it will take regarding the letter. However, Twitter told Broeksmit that it “cannot provide legal advice. You may wish to contact your own attorney about this matter.”
Sony has already sent a three-page stern warning to news organizations that it would take legal action against them if they continue to report on the leaked documents, saying it will hold the news organizations “responsible for any damage or loss arising from such use or dissemination.”