Google has sought to brush off a $100m celebrity lawsuit against its promulgation of stolen celebrity nude photos by reiterating its active stance toward the removal of ‘tens of thousands’ of illicit images ‘within hours’ of being requested to do so.
The case has been sparked by a spate of such leaks in recent weeks, prompting several high profile victims to club together in a bid to extract recompense from the search firm; including Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and Kate Upton.
Their attorney, Marty Singer, is seeking to build a case in which to prove Google is failing to abide by its obligations under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, which obligates firms to pull images and links from all its platforms as soon as it is notified of them.
In response a Google spokesman said: “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."