Playing now: ‘The Interview’ on YouTube

Pulled from most theaters and described as the motivation for a major hack of Sony, the movie “The Interview,” about two journalists going to North Korea to assassinate Kim Jong Un, is playing now on YouTube, Google Play and other sites.

It will cost you $5.99 to rent, or $15 to buy, says CNET.

The moment is historic on a number of levels. Google, which owns YouTube, has been under fire from Hollywood for not doing enough to crack down on piracy. The White House, on behalf of Sony, reportedly asked Apple to make “The Interview” available on iTunes, which the company declined to do, according to the New York Times.

David Drummond, Google’s chief legal officer, said in a post:

Of course it was tempting to hope that something else would happen to ensure this movie saw the light of day. But after discussing all the issues, Sony and Google agreed that we could not sit on the sidelines and allow a handful of people to determine the limits of free speech in another country (however silly the content might be).

 

Above: A woman looks at the Google Play purchase page for the Sony film “The Interview” on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. (AFP/Getty Images)

 

 

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