Attorney Slams Google for Making Money Off Nude Celeb Pics

October 2, 2014

By Erika Morphy E-commerce Times

Google may be on the receiving end of a US$100 million lawsuit from attorneys representing some of the celebrities whose nude photos were hacked from their iCloud accounts and subsequently posted online. Entertainment lawyer Martin Singer, a partner with Lavely & Singer, has sent a letter to Google’s top executives and its legal staff, accusing the company of ignoring a take-down request sent to it four weeks ago. […]

Despite the letter’s persuasiveness, Singer could find himself fighting an uphill battle, according to Jeremy Mishkin, a partner in Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads. Laws such as the Communications Decency Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act give Google and other online platforms a broad range of protections. “Many others have tried similar suits, and virtually all of them have failed either immediately or on appeal,” Mishkin told the E-Commerce Times. going public, Singer may win in the court of public opinion, said Peter Toren, a partner in Weisbrod Matteis & Copley. However, “I don’t see a legal basis for this suit,” he told the E-Commerce Times.

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