It's no secret that some big movie and music companies hate Google, which they have long accused of making it easy for users to find pirated content online. But newly leaked emails reveal just how far movie studios are willing to go in their battle against online piracy, and, by extension, Google.
A group of lawyers from Sony, six other studios and the Motion Picture Association of America have been coordinating a legal and technical plan to fight online piracy, according to Sony Pictures emails leaked by hackers and analyzed by The Verge. The studios have been discussing how to get state prosecutors to go after Google—which they codenamed "Goliath"—for offering links to pirated content (or sites that then link to pirated content) in its search results.
The report also found the movie studios are looking at ways to partner with Internet providers like Comcast to block sites found to host infringing content, a strategy that's already being used in other parts of the world.