The links to Jennifer Lawrence’s nude photos have finally been removed by Google. This is over a month since the takedown request, and after lawyers threatened to sue the search engine giant. However, it is not proving to be an easy task as website owners are finding ways around the situation.
Google previously said that it was not at fault when it came to the images. The tech giant agreed to remove the images from all its owned sites, including YouTube and Blogger blogs, but it had strict rules to follow when it came to removing links from search engine results. The takedown notice must prove that the person filing it—or someone representing that person—is the copyright holder. While the celebrity may be in the photo, she is not necessarily the copyright holder of the image.
Two links were recently removed containing Lawrence’s nude photos. These were links to thefrappening.eu, which was refusing to remove the stolen images. Chilling Effects shared the information of the removal request, due to its ability to track this legal information.
The legal team filed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) request. This act was created in 1998, and means that anyone receiving it from the copyright holder—or a representative—must remove the content immediately. Individuals can ask Google to remove links from search results through the same method. While this will remove links, it does not remove the copyrighted material off the internet completely.
Google may have removed the links to Lawrence’s stolen photos, but it is not over yet. The site in question has reportedly changed its domain name and reposted the content. Those links are now appearing in Google’s search results again. There is nothing the search engine giant would do until another DMCA was filed. The Hunger Games actress’ lawyers quickly filed another takedown notice, and Google acted on it as soon as possible.
It has been a difficult time for Lawrence. She tried to write something to speak out about the stolen images, but she was too upset to do so. At one point she considered apologizing for taking the photos, but decided against that. The hacker wanted her to feel ashamed, but she was not ashamed of her actions. She was in a loving long-distance relationship at the time.
The hardest part was telling her father all about it. She needed to break the news that nude photos of his little girl were on the internet.
At the start of the month, Martin Singer threatened Google with a $100 million lawsuit for not acting on the requests. He was representing a number of different female celebrities, although the identities of them was not revealed. He is yet to file the lawsuit, but Google responded with the fact that it was not at fault. It had removed images from its own servers, and closed accounts that had violated its terms and conditions. The search results were another matter.
The situation is not yet over. It is clear that websites can get around the takedown notices, and the website in question will possibly act again to get back into the search results. However, for now, Google has acted on the request to takedown Lawrence’s nude photo links from the search results.
By Alexandria Ingham
Photo credit: CC-2.0 Gage Skidmore