Sony Goes After Twitter For User Tweets About Hacked Emails

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Sony appears to be trying to sue just about anybody it can, who as anything to do with sharing materials from its now famously hacked emails. This includes news organizations, Twitter users, and now Twitter.

Vice's Motherboard reports that it has obtained an email sent from Sony to Twitter, which Twitter confirmed as authentic. The publication reports:

The letter—sent from David Boies, the lawyer Sony has hired to help guide it through the aftermath of the hack, to Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s general counsel—says that 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.”

In the letter, Sony asked that Twitter share the legal threat with Val Broeksmit, a musician who has been posting screenshots of hacked Sony emails on Twitter. Broeksmit then forwarded the email to me. Twitter’s legal department told Broeksmit, who tweets from the account @bikinrobotarmy, that it “cannot provide legal advice. You may wish to contact your own attorney about this matter.”

Sony is reportedly also demanding that Twitter comply with future requests for additional users.

It's unclear how Twitter actually responded to Sony's threat.

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