While hackers continue leaking hacked nude celebrity photos, Hollywood lawyer, Marty Singer, has written to the Google founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, along with Chairman Eric Schmidt, threatening to sue Google for $100 million if they don’t remove the personal photos of celebrities leaked online after recent iCloud hacks.
According to news outlet Page Six, Singer represents over a dozen of the celebrities who fell victim to the nude photo leaks that hackers posted online after hacking into a number of Apple iCloud accounts belonging to starlet celebrities.
In the most recent leak of celebrity photos, Amber Heard, Lake Bell, Lizzy Caplan and Gabrielle Union have fallen victim having their personal photos published online. Just a few weeks ago hackers leaked a number of celebrity nude photos starting with Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kaley Cuoco and others, then leaked photos of Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens among seven others appeared online, but it remains unknown which of the woman Singer currently represents.
In Singers letter to Google, he accuses the company of “making millions from the victimization of women” and engaging in “blatantly unethical behavior.”
According to Marty Singer, DMCA takedown requests were sent to Google days after hackers leaked celebrity photos online. According to Singer, the images have yet to be removed from YouTube and Blogger, and Singer is even accusing Google of failing “to act expeditiously, and responsibly to remove the images.”
Google and their team do not choose what the search engine indexes or allows to appear. The system is built on an algorithm that detects what people have published. Meaning the Google system is automated, meanwhile, Singer claims Google is purposely placing celebrity nude photos at the top of the results page to optimize their revenue.
In Singers letter seen by news outlet Page Six, he claims Google is aware that the photos are hosted on websites, but has yet to take any action in removing them.
“Google knows the images are hacked stolen property, private and confidential photos and videos unlawfully obtained and posted by pervert predators who are violating the victims’ privacy rights … Yet Google has taken little or no action to stop these outrageous violations,” Singer wrote in his letter to Google.
Singer’s letter continues to compare Google’s failure to remove hacked nude photos to an NFL incident regarding one of their players:
“Like the NFL, which turned a blind eye while its players assaulted and victimized women and children, Google has turned a blind eye while its sites repeatedly exploit and victimize these women.”
Google has been criticized a number of times since the recent “The Fappening” incident, claiming to fail removing leaked celebrity nude photos. One victim, Kate Upton, had large albums of her personal photos leaked, and Uptons boyfriend, Jason Verlander, sent hundreds of DMCA takedown requests to Google asking the company to remove websites hosting nude photos of Upton from the search engine. According to Torrent Freak, Google rejected nearly half of the DMCA takedown requests Verlander submitted.
Martin D. Singers letter to Google can be read on Scribd.com here.