So far, the Sony leak has let out both sensitive and embarrassing information that Sony hoped to keep private. Some of the latest information to surface is about a secret project between the MPAA and the studios it represents: Sony, Universal, Fox, Paramount, Warner Bros., and Disney.
The Verge looked at leaked emails about “Project Goliath”, a project that seems aimed at battling Google’s public image and anti-piracy efforts.
Each studio contributed funds to the project. MPAA SVP and Global General Counsel Steven Fabrizio lead many of the initiatives.
The MPAA and studios were also working on aspects of their plan with attorneys general and ISPs. Disney’s patent for a new “authentic” search engine suddenly makes more sense…
Emails reveal that the group was working with tech experts and Comcast (which owns Universal) on creating ways to block and identify illegal files.
The group was also looking for ways to obtain court orders for site blocking without having to sue and prove ISP liability. They were also trying to convince state prosecutors to go after Google, setting aside $500,000 a year for legal support and an additional $70,000 to gather evidence against Google.
TorrentFreak also reports that Google was unhappy with the MPAA’s recent response to their October anti-piracy efforts. A Google policy executive told the MPAA that they would no longer “speak or do business” with them.
Following this, Fabrizio sent an email saying: “We believe Google is overreacting — and dramatically so. Their reaction seems tactical (or childish)”. He said that a possible civil investigation against Google might lead to further discussion between Google and the MPAA.
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