Project Goliath: Inside Hollywood’s secret war against Google

“What is ‘Goliath’ and why are Hollywood’s most powerful lawyers working to kill it?” Russell Brandom asks for The Verge. “”

“In dozens of recently leaked emails from the Sony hack, lawyers from the MPAA and six major studios talk about “Goliath” as their most powerful and politically relevant adversary in the fight against online piracy,” Brandom reports. “They speak of ‘the problems created by Goliath,’ and worry ‘what Goliath could do if it went on the attack.’ Together they mount a multi-year effort to ‘respond to / rebut Goliath’s public advocacy’ and ‘amplify negative Goliath news.'”

Brandom reports, “And while it’s hard to say for sure, significant evidence suggests that the studio efforts may be directed against Google.”

Much more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]

7 Comments

  1. Google owns YouTube, the most used video site on the internet. The studios are constantly having to keep their copyrighted product from being uploaded by anyone and thus being available for free. I would be worried about Google as well if I worked for a movie/TV studio.

  2. The whole premise the studios work on is skewed. Google is NOT infringing on their copyrights — it’s just helps users to find the content, which currently means finding copyright infringers.

    As such, the studios should NOT fight Google, but use with them. To make sure that not only copyright infringing sites are found, but legal distributers as well. Because that is not happening right now, at all.

    It also doesn’t help that the last time I wanted to use a coupon for a “free digital copy” from Sony it didn’t work. For numerous reasons, including Sony’s service site listed as “malware”, requiring me to install shady software, and said shady software not recognizing my credentials.

      1. No, I think Google is not the bad guy in this specific case. Google could point to copyright infringers or to legal sources equally. That it doesn’t do that right now is due to the fact that the studios (being the ones to offer the legal sources) do not offer legal content properly and don’t work properly [b]with[/b] Google to point to the offerings they have.

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