Over the past several weeks hundreds of photos
of naked celebrities leaked online. This
“ fappening” triggered a massive takedown
operation targeting sites that host and link to the
controversial images.
As a hosting provider and search engine Google
inadvertently plays a role in distributing the
compromising shots, much to the displeasure of
the women involved.
More than a dozen of them sent Hollywood
lawyer Marty Singer after the company. Earlier
this month Singer penned an angry letter to
Google threatening legal action if it doesn’t
remove the images from YouTube, Blogspot and
its search results.
“It is truly reprehensible that Google allows its
various sites, systems and search results to be
used for this type of unlawful activity. If your
wives, daughters or relatives were victims of
such blatant violations of basic human rights,
surely you would take appropriate action,” the
letter reads.
While no legal action has yet been taken, some
celebrities have also sent individual DMCA
takedown requests to Google. On September 24
Jennifer Lawrence’s lawyers asked the search
engine to remove two links to as
these infringe on the star’s copyrights.
The DMCA takedown request
Earlier this week the request was still pending,
so TorrentFreak asked Google what was causing
the delay. The company said it could not
comment on individual cases but a day later the
links in question were removed.
This means that both the main
domain and the tag archive of Jennifer Lawrence
posts no longer appear in Google’s search
Whether this move has helped Lawrence much
is doubtful though. The site in question had
already redirected its site to a new domain at These links remain indexed
since they were not mentioned in the takedown
The good news is that many of Lawrence’s
pictures are no longer hosted on the site itself. In
fact, the URLs listed in the takedown request to
Google no longer show any of the infringing
photos in question, so technically Google had no
obligation to remove the URLs.
A prominent disclaimer on the site points out that
the operator will gladly take down the
compromising photos if he’s asked to do so.
Needless to say, this is much more effective
than going after Google.


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