Sony Pictures Entertainment is taking an aggressive stance with news outlets that have been using material stemming from a computer hack, making it clear it wants the outlets to stop using the material, Bloomberg reports.
Attorney David Boies wrote in a Dec. 14 letter to news organizations including Bloomberg and The New York Times that media companies should destroy the stolen information. He added that the organizations will be held responsible for damages from publication of the material.
Sony Pictures “does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading, or making any use of the stolen information, and [requests] your cooperation in destroying the stolen information,” Boies wrote.
The company “will have no choice but to hold you responsible for any damage or loss” if news organizations fail to comply, he added.
The company is trying to limit damages from the hack, which released employee salaries, health records and emails that had been intended as private. Among the disclosed emails were exchanges between studio chief Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin that have been characterized as racially insensitive.
Pascal will meet with the Rev. Al Sharpton this week, Bloomberg adds. She has called her emails “insensitive and inappropriate,” and Rudin has apologized as well.