Further ReadingHollywood v. Goliath: Inside the aggressive studio effort to bring Google to heel Google has gone too far and has undertaken a “fishing expedition” in its bid to substantiate allegations the motion picture studios and Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood conspired with each other as Hood probed the search giant. That’s the response from the Motion Picture Association of America’s lawyers. They are trying to head off Google subpoenas in connection to Google’s suit to block Hood’s investigation about whether the search engine was responsible for facilitating piracy of the studios’ content. According to a court filing (PDF) this week by MPAA lawyers Jenner & Block: Google demands documents that the Attorney General never saw, and that instead include the internal deliberations of the MPAA, its communications with its members, and the legal advice of Jenner, as well as communications with others similarly aggrieved by Google’s conduct, on the misguided theory that such documents somehow are probative of Attorney General Hood’s intent. Moreover, Google’s demands impose very substantial burdens on the subpoenaed parties, not only because they require a wide-ranging search for documents, but more importantly because many of the documents are protected by the attorney-client and First Amendment associational… Read full this story
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