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It's like "let's put all our questionable businesses into a separate corporation, so we share all the income but not the blame".
Sorry, I just don't buy your argument. It's a Sony.
Clarification on a few points
Posted Feb 1, 2012 12:49 UTC (Wed) by anselm (subscriber, #2796)
Right. So having a brother who's a sleazy lawyer automatically makes you sleazy, too.
Incidentally, Sony BMG, of the 2005 rootkit scandal, wasn't even a 100% Sony subsidiary – it was a joint company, half of which consisted of Bertelsmann Music Group (hence the »BMG«), a subsidiary of Bertelsmann AG. Sony bought Bertelsmann's share in the venture only in 2008, to (re-)make Sony Music Entertainment.
Posted Feb 1, 2012 13:04 UTC (Wed) by ekj (guest, #1524)
If Sleazy Inc owns companies A and B, then yes, A doing something evil does reflect poorly on B, and it makes total sense to (for example) consider B without moral standing, based on the actions of A.
It makes sense because the same single board controls both A and B.
If your left hand engages in aggression towards me, I'm totally going to consider your right hand a potential threat: because I'm aware that both of your arms are controlled by the same entity.
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