After a long few weeks that has had Sony Pictures and its parent company Sony in the drama of 2014 it seems it is now time for the lawyers to start damage control. To kick off the wave of legalese, Sony lawyers have asked Twitter to suspend the account of one Val Broeksmit (@BikiniRobotArmy), who has posted several of the leaked Sony documents on Twitter. Sony lawyer David Boies sent a letter to Twitter with the request and Twitter sent that letter on to Mr. Broeksmit. Sony essentially says they’re going to hold Twitter accountable for Mr. Broeksmit’s actions if they don’t suspend his account and destroy all data related to the leaked documents.
If Twitter does not comply with this request, and the Stolen Information continues to be disseminated by Twitter in any manner, SPE will have no choice but to hold Twitter responsible for any damage or loss arising from such use or dissemination by Twitter, including any damages or loss to SPE or others, and including, but not limited to, any loss of value of intellectual property and trade secrets resulting from Twitter’s actions.
Apparently, Sony lawyer Boies has sent similar letters to news outlets who reported on the Sony hacks and posted some of the leaked content. Although there is some first amendment rules that would cover news outlets in their coverage and publications of those documents, it’s not certain the same can be said of a private Twitter account. For now the hacks and threats seem to have subsided but the drama continues with Sony taking up legal arms against anyone who might have published their lost content.