The Attorney General of Mississippi, Jim Hood has been sued by Google for allegedly exceeding his authority limit to sue the search engine giant over piracy. Hood had filed a subpoena against Google, according to which he sued Google over online piracy, illegal drug sales and the distribution of child pornography through its search engine.
In a response to the subpoena filed by Hood, Google has counter sued the Attorney General of Mississippi. The MPAA was snarky about the voluntary efforts made by Google to bury the websites accused of copyright infringement down to the second page of search results. However, the bosses of Google were not happy with this setting and were furious that the MPAA had made the search engine giant victorious with the setting.
The MPAA had publicly announced that the reaction was in reflection of the Hood’s legal action against Google. It was intentionally done to weigh the legal action of Hood in the market.
The Google’s general counsel Kate Walker stated:
“We are deeply concerned about recent reports that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) led a secret, coordinated campaign to revive the failed SOPA legislation through other means, and helped manufacture legal arguments in connection with an investigation by Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood, We regret having to take this matter to court, and we are doing so only after years of efforts to explain both the merits of our position and the extent steps we’ve taken on our platforms.”
We will now have to wait and see how the counter suing of Google competes with the subpoena filed by Hood in the near future.
Moreover, Google says that this would interfere with the function of the business by stating that “Google would have to produce millions of documents, at great expense and disruption to its business.” That’s why the search giant has officially retaliated.
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