Google detractors take fight to U.S. state attorneys general

“They have lobbied state attorneys general. They have hired former state attorneys general. They have even helped draft a menacing letter for one state attorney general,” Nick Wingfield and Eric Lipton report for The New York Times. “And they have given the target — Google — a code name: Goliath.”

“Google’s detractors complain about the search giant to everyone they can, from raising concerns about the company’s dominance with regulators in Brussels to antitrust officials in Washington,” Wingfield and Lipton report. “Now, they are taking the fight into states, often to push Google to censor illegal content and sites from search results.”

“The inner workings of those efforts are outlined in emails obtained by The New York Times through open records requests. Other details are contained in messages stolen from Sony Pictures Entertainment by hackers and obtained by The Times through an industry executive,” Wingfield and Lipton report. “Together, the emails show the extent of the efforts with state attorneys general. The messages detail how the Motion Picture Association of America — the Hollywood industry group — and an organization backed by Microsoft, Expedia and Oracle, among others, have aggressively lobbied attorneys general to build cases against Google in recent years, sometimes in complementary ways.”

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Project Goliath: Inside Hollywood’s secret war against Google – December 15, 2014


    1. Be clear, please. Which side are you calling the creeps? Google or their detractors? Seems on this forum we oppose all government action, so is the Mississippi guy a creep or is Google?

      1. I don’t know why you’re getting downvotes. Yeah, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” and all that, but do we really want to take the side of the MPAA and the people behind SOPA?


    1. The MPAA doesn’t compete with Google. Not sure what “innovating” they need to do (other than, perhaps, via innovative DRM which I don’t think we want). Microsoft and Oracle are involved in this for the same reason the MPAA is — Google is providing links to pirated material. Whether or not you think providing links to pirated material is cool, the bottom line is that this action isn’t an attempt to thwart Android or other Google services, just an attempt to make Google to stop providing links to copyrighted material (for download).

      Of course, whether Google should be held responsible for this is a good question (I, personally, don’t believe so — go after the sites, not the one that points out the sites exist).

      1. One innovation the entertainment desperately need is to come out of the dark ages with their distribution. Once they release something in country A, country E-Z isn’t going to wait 3-6 months so they can legally pay 2-5x the price when they can get it free via torrent in 1/2 an hour. The majority of people would prefer to pay a fair price for the safety of staying away from torrents but due to the greed/speed of the management, that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.
        In Australia we are screwed. To legally get Game of Thrones we have 1 option. To get it as cheap as possible we have bundled out phone/mobiles/internet and TV but it still works out at over $300 a month

      1. As much as I dislike Google, They index the internet and they are not responsible for censoring it, This “right to be forgotten” nonsense is more of the same.

        If I disagree with something that doesn’t give me the right to prevent people from reading it.

  1. MS and Oracle – 2 of the biggest non-innovators out there.

    Not surprising that they would resort to this considering they don’t have the talent to take Google down any other way.

  2. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to know who the good guys or the bad guys are; when I see the word “censor”, this an issue that needs killed. I am absolutely positive we don’t need or want someone determining what should or should not be seen!

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