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Celebrities who had their nude photos stolen last month are now threatening Google with a $100 million lawsuit unless the search giant does a better job of removing copies of the photos found on its various services, including YouTube and Blogger.
The threat was laid out in a letter signed by Marty Singer, a well-known Hollywood attorney, and acquired yesterday by The Hollywood Reporter and other Tinseltown news sites. In the letter, Singer says that Google has allowed the “blatant violations” to continue despite the fact that it’s been four weeks since he first sent a takedown notice to the company.
“We are writing concerning Google’s despicable, reprehensible conduct in not only failing to act expeditiously and responsibly to remove the Images, but in knowingly accommodating, facilitating and perpetuating the unlawful conduct,” writes Singer. “Google is making millions and profiting from the victimization of women. As a result of your blatantly unethical behavior, Google is exposed to significant liability and both compensatory and punitive damages that could well exceed One Hundred Million Dollars ($100,000,000).”
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