The ongoing skirmish between Google and the Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has novel players, as number of new groups waded in, digging the Motion Picture Association of America, They said “coordinated campaign to shut down and block access to individual websites through backdoor methods resoundingly rejected by the public and federal lawmakers.”
Continuing their talk on Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), perhaps the undaunted, the MPAA, one of the bill’s advocate, want to put his impression on smaller stages.
The key excerpts in the letter, signed by the EEF, Freedom Works and Demand Progress among others were:
Publications including the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and The Verge are reporting that the MPAA responded to the failure of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in 2012 by quietly searching for alternate means to accomplish key provisions of the bill, such as website blocking and search filtering. It is our understanding that those efforts include developing legal theories and even drafting civil investigation demand letters for state attorneys general to facilitate actions against websites and search engines. The goal of these efforts mirrors the goal of SOPA: to create new legal tools that will compel online service providers to remove content from the Internet with little, if any, meaningful due process.
Despite these risks, you told the Huffington Post you agreed with the methods of the ill¬fated SOPA legislation. We beg to differ, as do the engineers who created the Internet, the organizations and businesses that depend upon a secure and robust Internet infrastructure, and the legions of Internet users who spoke out against SOPA in 2011 and 2012. […] SOPA was a bad idea at the federal level, and any SOPA revival on a state level is an equally bad idea.
Hence Google, making its displeasure public has taken a private effort by the MPAA. We should assume that the next congress would take care of the matter.