Was it a loss leader? A case of, if you can’t beat the pirates, join ‘em? Or just a mistake? As it turned out, it was apparently the likeliest of Internet phenomena: a prank.
We’ve grown more and more accustomed to finding feature-length movies available for online streaming at little or no cost, but it was still a little surprising to find “The Godfather” on YouTube — the full movie, with no commercials (if you don’t count pop-ups), in one piece. It had been uploaded within the last 24 hours on what appeared to be the YouTube channel of Sony Pictures UK, which was otherwise home of an assortment of trailers for pictures like “Colombiana” and the “Straw Dogs” remake. But sometime in the hour after this post was first published, and after about 310 views of the video (you have to wonder how many of those viewers stayed for the full 2-hour-57-minute running time), the movie was taken down and the YouTube channel disabled.
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