Following hot on the heels of the recent celebrity photo hacking of Apple’s iCloud, a dozen or so unnamed victims are threatening to collectively sue Google for an alleged $100 million. Lawyers representing the women claim that the Internet search giant should have removed the images from their searches and servers and in failing to do so ‘made millions from the victimization of women’ through their advertising.
The Hollywood Reporter says that the top Hollywood attorney, Martin Singer, has sent a letter to Google accusing it of ‘blatantly unethical behavior’ on behalf of over a dozen of the celebrities involved in the iCloud hacking.
According to Singer, Google hasn’t expeditiously removed owned work from its platforms pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The letter states that Twitter and other ISPs have accommodated takedown demands, but that
Google, one of the largest ISPs in the world, with vast resources and a huge support staff, generating multimillions of dollars in revenues on a daily basis, has recklessly allowed these blatant violations to continue in conscious disregard of our clients’ rights.
Because the victims are celebrities online pharmacy for phentermine with valuable publicity rights you do nothing – nothing but collect millions of dollars in advertising revenue – as you seek to capitalize on this scandal rather than quash it,
Google responded by saying they have been trying to eradicate the photos from the web in response to complaints about privacy violation.
We’ve removed tens of thousands of pictures — within hours of the requests being made — and we have closed hundreds of accounts
The letter continues
If your wives, daughters or relatives were the victims of such blatant violations of basic human rights, surely you would take appropriate action,
But because the victims are celebrities with valuable publicity rights, you do nothing – – nothing but collect millions of dollars in advertising revenue from your co-conspirator advertising partners as you seek to capitalize on this scandal rather than quash it. 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.
We wait to see what happens.