Remember the massive leak of nude photographs stolen from the cloud storage accounts of celebrities? Although a lot of the blame has been put on Apple over the hacking and leaking of a number of Hollywood celebrities nude photos, it’s Google may soon be facing a lawsuit from lawyers representing the affected women.
In a letter addressed to Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, as well as the firm’s executives and lawyers, Lavely & Singer has threaten to sue the tech giant for $100 million (over R1 billion) on behalf of its clients – which include Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and Kate Upton.
In the letter below,which was acquired by the New York Post’s Page Six, Singer says Google failed “to act expeditiously, and responsibly to remove the images, but in knowingly accommodating, facilitating, and perpetuating the unlawful conduct. Google is making millions and profiting from the victimization of women,” referring to the fact images were reproduced on a number of blogs on BlogSpot and YouTube.
“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.”
“Because the victims are celebrities 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.”
A spokesperson for Google quickly responded to the threats in a statement to Page Six saying, “we’ve removed tens of thousands of pictures — within hours of the requests being made — and we have closed hundreds of accounts. The internet is used for many good things. Stealing people’s private photos is not one of them.”
Singer is yet to respond to this statement and on whether or not his firm will still go on with the lawsuit.[Via – The Guardian, image CC by 2.0/Mingle MediaTV]