Google, Microsoft Invoke Free Speech in Statements About Streaming The Interview


The Interview is available to stream today on YouTube, Google Play, and Xbox, and both Google and Microsoft put out statements on their company blogs declaring this to be a victory for free speech and free expression.

And keep in mind here, there were lots of reports about how Hollywood studios were too nervous about publicly allying with Sony, so Silicon Valley came to the rescue after all; not only by agreeing to release the movie digitally, but by taking a firm stand with Sony.

The official Google blog announced The Interview being streamed on YouTube and Google Play in a post saying they weren’t going to stand by and let the hackers win:

Of course it was tempting to hope that something else would happen to ensure this movie saw the light of day. 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).

Microsoft also put out a statement on its official blog showing solidarity with Sony and proudly defending free expression:

A cyber-attack on anyone’s rights is a cyber-attack on everyone’s rights, and together we need to defend against it.

In the United States, freedom of expression is a fundamental principle that is protected by law. Our Constitution guarantees for each person the right to decide what books to read, what movies to watch, and even what games to play. In the 21st Century, there is no more important place for that right to be exercised than on the Internet. After substantial thought, we decided to stand up with Sony and work with others to ensure that freedom of expression triumphs over cyber-terrorism.

Other streaming services have not yet been ruled out to host the movie, but Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, etc. have not publicly commented yet.

[h/t Business Insider]
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