Twitter has received a letter from Sony Pictures Entertainment threatening legal action if they do not remove tweets containing content obtained from Sony’s increasingly embarrassing hack, when thousands of emails were stolen from the company.
The letter, which was sent from Sony attorney David Boies, stated 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.”
Sony went on to demand that Twitter “comply with all future requests with regard to any other account holder seeking to disseminate the Stolen Information via Twitter. In addition, we ask that you provide the Account Holder with a copy of this letter, and request that the Account Holder cease publication of the Stolen Information on Twitter.”
In the letter Sony asks that Twitter share the legal threat with musician Val Broeksmit, who has been posting tweets with screenshots of the hacked emails. Broeksmit shared Sony’s email with the Motherboard website, who broke the story.
Twitter have confirmed that the letter is authentic but have declined to comment beyond informing Broeksmit that it “cannot provide legal advice. You may wish to contact your own attorney about this matter.”
As of the time of writing Broeksmit’s tweets remain live.
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