Sony

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Summary

Sony is one of the world's biggest consumer electronics and entertainment companies. Founded in 1946, it parlayed its success with floppy disks, compact discs, the Walkman, and the Playstation into Hollywood with the purchase of Columbia Pictures in 1989. Its music division has come under flak for 'payola' - bribing radio stations to buy airtime for its artists - and its film division for publishing fake reviews by 'critic' David Manning to boost unpopular films in 2001. In 2005, it paid New York state $10 million to close an investigation by Eliot Spitzer, then state attorney general, into lavish gifts, free trips and other giveaways to media executives.
 

Products

Consumer electronics, Semiconductors, Video games, Films, TV shows, Music, Computer hardware, Telecommunications equipment, Robots

Violations

Top 5 Offense Groups (Groups Defined)Penalty TotalNumber of Records
competition-related offenses$80,000,0004
employment-related offenses$29,655,0007
consumer-protection-related offenses$15,250,0008
safety-related offenses$87,6276
environment-related offenses$5,0001

(May 3, 2021) 

Number of Records
26
Total Penalties
$124,997,627 (May 3, 2021)
Individual Records & Summaries
Sony Corp Violation Tracker Profile
Information in this section is drawn from the Violation Tracker database produced by the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First in Washington DC. It is the most comprehensive source of data on business violations of laws and regulations in the United States. For specific examples of misconduct, please click on the links.

Stories

Article Archive

Sony hits bottom of Greenpeace eco rankings

Published by
Info World
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By
Ted Samson
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Despite Sony's consistently poor showings, Greenpeace remains fixated on Apple

Given Greenpeace's seeming obsession with Apple, I'm having an even more difficult time taking the environmental group's ongoing eco-policing of electronic companies seriously.

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Sony’s PR War on Activists

Published by
Mother Jones
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By
Danielle Knight
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Sony Corp. is conducting a surveillance campaign into the activities of environmental organizations which are pushing for regulations that could be harmful to Sony’s bottom line.

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Sony Agrees to Halt Gifts for Airtime

Published by
The New York Times
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By
Jennifer Bayot
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Sony BMG Music Entertainment, one of the world's largest record companies, agreed today to stop providing lavish gifts, free trips and other giveaways in exchange for airtime for its artists on radio stations, under the terms of a settlement with the New York attorney general's office.

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Videos & Podcasts
Hack reveals scandalous Sony secrets
WikiLeaks Refuses To Let Sony Hack Die, Posts Database
Free Kesha Rally Outside Sony Office

 

Activism

Recent & Ongoing Campaigns
Thousands of Fans Plan to Storm Sony Studios and Demand Spider-Man Return to MCU

Cameron Leblanc | Fatherly | August 22, 2019

A disgruntled group of Marvel fans is planning a protest at Sony headquarters after Sony Pictures, which owns the rights to Spider-Man, and Disney, which owns Marvel Studios, failed to reach a deal to keep the superhero in the MCU.

Protesters Rally Outside Sony Music Headquarters, Demand the Company Drop R. Kelly

Margeaux Sippell | Variety | January 16, 2019

Standing in the cold with megaphones outside of Sony Music’s New York headquarters, a group of activists delivered the company, parent of Kelly’s longtime label RCA, a petition signed by over 217,000 people demanding that the singer be dropped from the label.

‘Free Kesha’ protesters rally outside Sony's Midtown headquarters, call for singer’s release from contract with alleged rapist Dr. Luke

Larry McShane and Chelsia Rose Marcius | Daily News | February 26, 2016

A small but passionate group of pro-Kesha protesters rallied Friday outside Sony headquarters in Manhattan to voice their support for the chart-topping singer.

New York writers brave rain at Sony protest

Gregg Goldstein | Reuters | November 20, 2007

“What to Give, What to Get?” asked a sign in the Sony storefront window at the conglomerate’s Madison Avenue headquarters. Some 150 Writers Guild of America picketers who braved the rain with their own signs outside the building Tuesday had a quick answer: a share of Internet revenues for their work.

Major Investigations
The Justice Department is worried about an anime monopoly after the Sony deal

Ian Carlos Campbell | The Verge | March 24, 2021

Sony’s plan to combine Crunchyroll and Funimation into a streaming service to lead its anime empire seemed as simple as tossing AT&T a billion dollars.

Sony Music Investigated by Rdio for Alleged Collusion in Streaming Music

Eric Gardner | Hollywood Reporter | July 6, 2016

The music major responds that the suggestion of antitrust violations are "nothing but speculation and conjecture" and pretext for avoiding $17 million claims plus allegations of fraud.

Sony Ponies Up for Payola

Alex Mar | Rolling Stone | July 25, 2005

Sony BMG Music Entertainment — an umbrella organization that includes Arista Records, Columbia Records, Sony Music International and So So Def Records — agreed today to pay a $10 million settlement in an industry-wide investigation by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer into payola, the practice of paying radio stations for airplay of their artists.

 

Employment Practices
Ex-Sony Employees Sue Over Hack, Claim Company Failed to Protect Data

Associated Press | December 16, 2014

Sony Pictures Entertainment now faces two lawsuits from four former employees who claim the company did not do enough to stop hackers.

multiple allegations of toxic culture at Sony Music Australia as CEO Denis Handlin leaves

Kelly Burke | The Guardian | June 21, 2021

The most powerful man in Australian pop music, Denis Handlin, has been removed as head of Sony Music Australia, a week after Guardian Australia approached Sony’s head office with multiple complaints from former employees alleging a toxic work environment at the global company’s Australian operation.

 

Financials

Most Recent Gross Revenue
$75.899 billion | source
Most Recent Net Revenue
$5.356 billion | source
Stock Exchange Tickers
TYO: 6758, NYSE: SNE
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