Google LogoA Hollywood lawyer representing Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Dunst, and Kate Upton accused Google of taking “little or no action” to remove the recent hacked nude photos and even facilitating their dispersal, in a letter sent Wednesday threatening a $100 million lawsuit.

Entertainment lawyer Martin Singer–known in the industry as ‘Mad Dog Marty’–says that the photos of nude celebrities hacked from their iCloud accounts are still available on Google. However, Google claims they are removing the images as fast as they can find them.

According to the letter, Singer has a sent more than a dozen DMCA notices to Google since the hacked photos were released approximately a month ago. Under section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, ISP providers such as Google have a safe harbor from infringing liability that is posted to their website by other parties. However, the safe harbor requires that Google not have actual knowledge of the infringing images and act “expeditiously” to remove the material after learning about it.

Singer has an infamous reputation of being a vicious litigator for Hollywood’s most famous celebrities. He sued Warner Brothers for Charlie Sheen after he was kicked off “Two and a Half Men.” Sylvester Stallone, who played Rambo, has called Singer “ferocious and fearless.” Singer even helped Quentin Tarantino silence his neighbor’s screeching macaws–using a lawsuit, of course.

In addition to removing the images, the letter demands that Google suspend and all terminate all accounts that have uploaded the images. The letter also demands that Google keep a record of all the infringing accounts and copy of the infringing data.

The hacked photos of more than 100 individuals were released in August on 4Chan. The release contained more than 200 photos of female celebrities, mostly nude, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Kristen Dunst. It is believed that the photos were obtained by hacking the celebrities’ iCloud accounts.


–Patrick Tricker

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One Response to Google Threatened with $100 Million Lawsuit over Hacked Nude Photos

  1. Danielle Dudding says:

    It will be interesting to see how situations like these are dealt with in the future. There is an obvious policy argument to be made regarding protection of people’s private photos, but who should bear the responsibility and cost of taking down images/preventing these situations may require legislation in order to be effectively implemented.