While Sony s decision to release the satirical The Interview has been appreciated worldwide, the move to make it available only in the US seems a poor judgment. According to a report on TorrentFreak, the movie has been downloaded over 750,000 times since its release. From the stats, a vast majority of people indulging in the illegal downloads are from outside the United States. Also Read - Sony sold over 10 million PlayStation 5 units; now among the fastest selling game consolesAlso Read - Sony PS5 to be restocked on July 26 in India
Sony Pictures decision to make the movie digitally available saw legit copies of the same title floating around on torrent sites within an hour after the official release on YouTube and other streaming services. Within an hour, torrent sites including The Pirate Bay, which recently relaunched the site, also featured the movie on its homepage. Also Read - PlayStation 5 going on a diet? Retailer leaks lightweight PS5 in works
After a series of threats and the biggest hack in the recent times, Sony was left with no other option than to make the movie widely available on pay-walled streaming sites. While a lot of sensitive files from the company did leak causing huge losses the silver lining for the hack was that its movie managed to get a lot of attention. But the company didn t seize the opportunity as it didn t release the movie outside the nation.