The Interview has run one of the smartest, most deceptive marketing campaigns we’ve seen in years. Sony rode the momentum of their own ineptitude and turned a hacking scandal into a mammoth publicity stunt, putting jingoist patriotic pride behind a movie written by two anthropomorphized vaporizers.
But forgetting for a second the “terrorist threats” that shrouded the film’s release and you’re left with another so-so stoner comedy. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find a different kind of controversy. According to TorrentFreak, Sony’s facing a lawsuit for stealing music for the movie.
Korean-American singer Yoon Mi-rae says she was negotiating with Sony to have one of her songs in The Interview but that they couldn’t come to an agreement. Unfortunately for her, Sony used the song, “Pay Day,” anyways. Without her permission, and without paying her.
“[A]fter the movie was released, we learned that the track had been used without permission, legal procedure, or contracts,” said her label, Feel Ghood Music. “We will be taking legal action against Sony Pictures as well as DFSB, the agency that had been carrying out the discussion regarding the use of the track.”
TorrentFreak assumes this will end quietly with a quick settlement out of court. We’re inclined to agree.