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Google searches often lead consumers to websites that sell fake drugs and other counterfeit goods, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood charged. Some of the offending sites, Hood said Thursday, are also advertising with Google.
Hood is co-chair of the National Association of Attorneys General Intellectual Property Committee. The AGs are concerned that Google's search algorithms too often lead consumers to known rogue sites that often top search results.
Unsatisfied with Google's April 19 response letter to the charges, Hood has now invited Google's CEO Larry Page to address them in person at a national meeting of the attorneys general on June 18 in Boston.
"On every check we have made, Google's search engine gave us easy access to illegal goods including websites which offer dangerous drugs without a prescription, counterfeit goods of every description, and infringing copies of movies, music, software and games," Hood said.