—Current slogan for Sony Electronics
A Japan-based electronics Mega Corp.
that created, among other things:
- The first mass-market VCR, with Betamax
- The first portable music player, with the Walkman
- Compact Disc (with Philips)
- DVD (with Philips, Toshiba, and Panasonic)
Originally Matsushita Electric Co (the Sony name was invented as the name of a product line in the '50s, became the company's brand overseas at first and finally the name of the company itself by 1980) maker of numerous diverse electronic goods, prominently including televisions, stereos, PCs, and cell phones, and game consoles. They also do electronic components, industrial chemicals, batteries, toys, robots, banks, and life insurance.
They also have their own animation studios (Sony Pictures Imageworks
, Sony Pictures Animation
and A-1 Pictures
), their own major record company with numerous labels and even their own Anime channel
co-founded with Toei Animation
, a anime streaming site called Daisukinote
. One could almost say that, like one of their products
, they only do everythingnote
It is also the current owner of Columbia Pictures
and TriStar Pictures
, which along with their record company (Sony Music, owner of Columbia Records
and Epic Records
) has led the company to switch sides in the intellectual-property war
. Said record company, Sony Music Entertainment, has the dubious distinction of being the only major record company to ship a rootkit (malignant software which takes over your computer) on a music CD, all in the name of the war on piracy
It's worth noting that Sony Corporation per se
only does the electronics and some financial shenanigans. Most of the fingers Sony sticks in other pies are technically independent corporations— Sony Computer Entertainment
(games), Sony Pictures Entertainment (motion pictures), Sony Music Entertainment (music), Sony Financial Holdings, etc. That's before getting into Sony Corporation of America, Sony de Mexico, etc... There are dozens of Sony corporations in total (The Other Wiki has a list
). One upshot of this is that Sony has been known on more than one occasion to sue "itself" when conflicts arose between
, for instance, Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Corporation. Or take different sides of a political issue, such as during the SOPA fiasco, Sony Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment were for it while Sony Computer Entertainment was against it.
Responsible for being the Trope Namer
for Giant Enemy Crab
, Attack Its Weak Point
, Real Time Weapon Change
, and For Massive Damage
, all from their disastrous 2006 E3 conference keynote.