After months on the defensive over allegations that it facilitated access to illegal products, Google is now going on offense.
The Internet giant sued Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood on Friday to block a subpoena it claims would violate its constitutional rights. Kent Walker, Google's general counsel, said the subpoena "constitutes an unjustified attack that violates well-established U.S. laws."
Google also created a webpage to rally its millions of users to combat a "secret campaign" by the movie industry to "bring back web censorship."
The company is launching its attacks after emails leaked from the Sony hack revealed that movie-industry lobbyists have been working closely with state officials to crack down on Google.
Hollywood's goal, according to reports from The New York Times and The Verge, is to force Google to cut off access to sites that offer pirated copies of movies. The industry has long argued that rampant online piracy hurts filmmakers and destroys U.S. jobs.
In October, the Mississippi attorney general issued a 79-page subpoena demanding that Google turn over documents related to advertisements and search results for illegal products, such as drugs and pirated movies. Hood's investigation has been closely coordinated with Hollywood lobbyists, according to the leaked emails.