You probably heard about the latest Google scandal. If you haven’t, let us give you quick update: Google has been threatened with a $100 million lawsuit by the lawyers of some of the celebrities whose pictures have leaked on the internet because of a breach in the iCloud accounts.
Now Google removed tens of thousands of pictures although it was accused for reacting too slow and the photos have spread all over the online domain. Google said they moved as fast as they could and removed most of the photos that have been hacked from celebrities iCloud accounts.
Google made an official statement saying that:
“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.”
The Hollywood Reporter published an official letter from Hollywood lawyers intended for Google. The lawyers represented many of the celebrities whose accounts have been recently broken into and had their private, mostly naked pictures, stolen and published on the internet.
In the letter, the Hollywood lawyers are accusing Google for not removing the photos as soon as they’ve found out about it. They were required to do it under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The lawyers also demand Google to terminate all of the offending accounts and delete any photos from Youtube and Blogger. The lawyers said that Google waited four weeks to take the pictures down and ignored the DMCA notice to take remove the pics from their official sites.
The lawyers accused Google of making money off the victimization of women and ask for damages of over $100 million.
This is not the first time Google is sued for neglecting demands of deleting celebrity’s personal photos from the internet. Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers threatened to sue Google if Google doesn’t remove the picture of him and Kate Upton from their official sites.
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