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Digital Distribution Platform Offers to Release Sony Film “The Interview”

The Interview

The Interview

Ownzones, an online content creator, aggregator and paid distribution platform, has expressed interest in partnering with Sony Pictures to release the film ‘The Interview.’

Sony has been facing a series of cyber attacks for the past few weeks from “Guardians of Peace” or #GOP, a group of hackers who have hacked Sony’s systems and forced it to cancel the release of its upcoming movie ‘The Interview’ which was scheduled to open on Dec. 25.

North Korea is being blamed for Sony hacking, as the action comedy ‘The Interview’ starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, shows a CIA-led conspiracy to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Pyongyang has dismissed such accusations while the identity or the location of the “Guardians of Peace” hackers is still not known.

[ Read: Sony Succumbs to Hackers’ Demand, Won’t Release ‘The Interview’ ]

Meanwhile, in response to FBI’s statement that North Korea is behind “Guardians of Peace” hackers who attacked Sony’s computer systems, North has reacted sharply.

The official KCNA news agency has termed the U.S. accusation as ‘slander’ saying North Korea is not involved in these cyber attacks. In its statement, the agency has said that North Korea is ready for a joint probe along with the U.S. to unearth the truth behind the attacks.

[ Read: North Korea Threatens U.S. in Sony Hack Case. “Grave Consequences” ]

Ownzones says it has a robust infrastructure in place to stream feature-length content to a broad audience. The company suggests its platform would enable viewers across the world to watch the film online, on handheld devices, or on their TV screen with a streaming media player.

Ownzones would leverage its distribution platform and develop a shared revenue structure with Sony Pictures for the release of the film, says the company.

[ Read: Are ISIS Terrorists Also Planning Cyber Attacks – after the Sony Hack Case? ]

However, Ownzones – which is a tiny entity – didn’t give any reason that why hackers won’t (or can’t) hack its system to disrupt the release of ‘The Interview’ when they have attacked highly secure systems of a large company like Sony.

“This incident extends way beyond a film and is now a matter of freedom of speech,” said Dan Goman, founder and president of Ownzones. “The ability for everyone to express themselves without constraint and across any format is at the core of my being and the company I’ve built.”

Dan Goman, founder and president of Ownzones

Dan Goman, founder and president of Ownzones

Ownzones – available across online, handheld and streaming media devices – is a content aggregation service.

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