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1st Amendment Rights Win Over Fear

The Interview, Sony Picture’s incredibly controversial comedy film has been released! Sony has made deals with independent movie theaters, Google Play, YouTube, and other online sites . The film will begin showing in theaters on Christmas day and be available for online renting or buying Christmas eve day. It will cost $5.99 for rentals and $14.99 for purchase. It will also be available on www.seetheinterview.com.

 

This is a bold move for Sony on two levels. First, it has chosen to circumvent the intimidation from North Korean cyber terrorists. Secondly, it has moved to throw open the distribution channels for films, This move will probably change the traditional mode of film distribution from this time forward. And, that’s a good thing for all of us. 


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