Project Goliath: the MPAA and movie studios' plan to combat Google

Emails have been uncovered as a result of the hacking of Sony, which would appear to show that Google is not at all popular with the movie industry.

The Japanese tech giant, along with the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) and other movie studios, planned to attack Google under a project known as Project Goliath.

Project Goliath would involve each of the major movie studios (including Sony and Universal) contributing money to a fund. The fund would be used to support legal attacks against the Mountain View search giant as a result of it supposedly helping "pirates" find stolen media (i.e. movies). Clearly a large amount of money would be needed to attack Google hence the fund being worth around $500,000.

The project was quite elaborate, with at least one attorney general involved, along with a string of evidence against Google that would force it to change its policies regarding the use of pirated media.

Reportedly Project Goliath stalled in May 2014, when the emails between the members of the group stopped; this indicates potentially that the project would not have been successful.

It has not been a good few weeks for Sony, as it has had sensitive data stolen from its Sony Pictures entity, unreleased films being released on the internet and the group (#GOP - which potentially has links to North Korea) behind the hacks does not look like it is stopping anytime soon, with new information being released what feels like every day.

Source: The Verge | Image Credit: Sony

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