AP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens us all if society lives in fear

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Brazilian author Paulo Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values against anonymous terrorists.

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The best-selling author says he was prepared to make himself an example — even if it meant inviting criticism and threats — if Sony Pictures had taken him up on his $100,000 offer for the rights to its cancelled film.

Coelho told The Associated Press in an interview at his luxury Geneva home Friday night the studio ignored his spontaneous offer via Twitter for the controversial film "The Interview" that Sony cancelled after threats from anonymous hackers.

The author of "The Alchemist" says the decision not to screen the film before a projected Dec. 25 release undermines people's right to information and the principle of not negotiating with terrorists.