Google is stepping up its game, and taking legal action against Jim Hood – the embattled Mississippi State Attorney General who has led an effort to “go after” the company with a massive legal action himself. However, after a leaking of documents from the Sony hack – it became apparent that Jim Hood was not working alone. In fact, the leaked documents suggest that he was actually taking cues from the Motion Picture Association of America. The MPAA has had a long-standing rivalry with Google, and a particular interest in seeing the company falter from their current position in the market. The Attorney General of Mississippi levied a subpoena against the company – suggesting that it provide 141 specific documents, over 60 interviews, and a request for “dangerous content” that falls within the Google network.
Ultimately, the company says that this would interfere with the function of the business pointing out that “Google would have to produce millions of documents, at great expense and disruption to its business.” That’s why Google has retaliated officially. Instead of simply lobbing words, or threats, the tech giant has gone directly to taking legal action. The lawsuit points to the legal consequences of what other entities in the industry are doing to challenge the company. Google contends that this is a simple matter of the MPAA pushing their own agenda, and using Jim Hood as the catalyst to make the legal outcome the MPAA is looking for, to come to fruition.
The original subpoena that Jim Hood filed against Google accused the company of encouraging online piracy, illegal drug sales, and even distributing child pornography within its search engine. While those legal proceedings are still moving forward – Google has returned fire against the Attorney General, and after the release of documents suggesting Hood’s role was more-political, and less-moral than he originally suggested.
The Motion Picture Association of America argues that Google filters the internet as users see it, but Google argues that the exact opposite is true – and even goes as far as to say that ultimately the movement by the MPAA and Jim Hood is an effort to censor the internet entirely. In Google’s statement regarding the suit against Jim Hood, the company notes “The Attorney General may prefer a pre-filtered internet, but the constitution and congress have denied him his authority to mandate it.”
However, Google hasn’t just accused the Attorney General of Mississippi of attempting to “censor the internet.” They’ve taken that claim directly to the Motion Picture Association of America – citing that they were working in accordance with the Attorney General’s office in Mississippi to ultimately limit free speech across the internet.