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Questions for Mr. Holder on Google Drugs

August 7, 2013

In light of the CCIA “study” on piracy and the absurd IAB “best practices” it’s a good idea to remember what happened when Google was trying to stay out of jail for violating the Controlled Substances Act…

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Americans are freedom loving people, and nothing says freedom like getting away with it.

From “Long, Long Time” by Guy Forsyth.

MTP readers will recall the infamous Google Drugs settlement.  Google was the subject of several sting operations over a multiyear period conducted by a variety of Federal criminal investigators as well as a federal grand jury in Rhode Island.  This was no small thing–Google produced over 4,000,000 documents in the grand jury proceeding.

There are a few other reasons why it is no small thing.  Google signed a nonprosecution agreement with the federal government that was remarkably favorable to Google, but still cost the company $500,000,000.   And they got off very cheap if you ask me.  It takes Google 4 days or so to make $500,000,000, so while that may sound like a lot of money, it really isn’t.

This was in 2011–knowing what we…

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