Hood hits Google on guarding intellectual property

Attorney General Jim Hood says he’s trying to organize state attorneys general to push Google to better protect intellectual property such as music, movies and software.

Hood said Monday during a luncheon sponsored by the Capitol press corps and Mississippi State University’s Stennis Institute of Government that he’s circulating a letter to other states’ top lawyers, seeking a meeting with Google. He said he hopes to get signatures from more than 20 attorneys general.

“Maybe Google will come to the table,” he said. “That’s one I hope we can settle.”

Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., says it responds to requests from copyright owners to remove illegally copied material. The company declined further comment Monday.