Project Goliath Could Be A Secret Hollywood Plot Against Google
Some e-mails that have been found by The Verge in Sony’s hacked data shows that the company along with plenty of other Hollywood giants was planning to take legal fight to Google by gathering $500,000 worth of funds.
A series of e-mails of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) top lawyer, Steven Fabrizio and six other studios – Sony, Fox, Universal, Paramount, Warner Bros. and Disney suggest that they have teamed up to take on “Goliath” in the fight against online piracy.
The plan to make this happen started in January of this year and it involved major studios donating $500,000 annual legal support fund, so that the pirated content can be blocked by taking legal actions. The bosses of the top Hollywood Studios talk about “the problems created by Goliath” and the need to “respond to/rebut Goliath’s public advocacy” and “amplify negative Goliath news.”
The e-mails don’t mention the name Google as it is most of the time, but the statement that rose suspicion actually reads “Search Engine Piracy Discussion (MPAA Discussion).” Furthermore, there are multiple references to copyright infringement found, according to the report given by The Verge.
Apart from collecting the fund for the legal actions, the bosses were also linked with one attorney general named Jim Hood. There could be more but the name of only one came up through the hacked e-mails.
Apart from Project Goliath, there’s also a proposed project called Keystone, which is aiming to get $70,000 budget to gather enough evidence against Goliath so that the major corporation could be taken down after the funds have been gathered.
According to one of the e-mails, the bosses were sure that this legal fight will take a ton of their time and there might be a need to go through the whole second year.
“To take this through and have a reasonable chance of success, we probably would need to continue through year two,” one e-mail reads.
SOPA failed back in 2012, and it seems that due to the fear of users’ backlash against site blocking tactics, major Hollywood studios have tried their best to keep this project Goliath under wraps for as long as they can. One of the e-mails sent by the main man Fabrizio himself also indicates that this might have been the case behind the discretion.
“In the post-SOPA world, we need to consider the extent to which a strategy presents a risk of a public-relations backlash,” says one of the e-mails wrote by Fabrizio.
No official comment on the matter has been made at the moment by either Sony or MPAA but we will keep you updated as the situation develops.
Source: The Verge