“It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,” actress Jennifer Lawrence told Vanity Fair, breaking her silence about her stolen sexting photos. “It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting.”
Yesterday, the same day the article was published, someone uploaded two of Lawrence’s naked photos to her Wikipedia page.
Wikipedia Talk page says a vandal replaced the image on Wikimedia Common with the topless photo. Wikimedia public logs show seven changes to Lawrence’s page on October 7. The first uploaded compromising photo was noted as “better quality.” It stayed up for 14 minutes before it was deleted and replaced by the original photo. Five minutes later, another nude photo of Lawrence was uploaded. It remained live for four minutes before it was deleted. Both of the user accounts that uploaded the nude photos have been blocked.
A Wikimedia Foundation representative told Jezebel that abuse was not by legitimate editors, but was instead a result of sock puppetry, when one person sets up multiple user accounts explicitly for improper use.
To those who claim if you don’t want anyone to see you naked then you shouldn't pose for nude photos or take naked selfies, Lawrence said, “I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.”
The temporary Wikipedia defacement came almost a week after Hollywood entertainment lawyer Marty Singer threatened Google with a $100 million lawsuit for “privacy violations” and failing to respond to Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices.
“Google’s 'Don’t be evil' motto is a sham,” Singer wrote. Although he doesn't list celebrities by name, Singer is representing “over a dozen female celebrities, actresses, models and athletes” whose “confidential, personal, private photos and videos” were hacked and then “illegally posted” on sites such as “YouTube, Blogspot and other Google-based sites, servers and systems.” Google’s failure to remove the photos was called “despicable, reprehensible conduct.”
Singer’s letter claimed:
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 the victims of such blatant violations of basic human rights, surely you would take appropriate action. But because the victims are celebrities with valuable publicity rights, you do nothing - nothing but collect millions of dollars in advertising revenue from your co-conspirator advertising partners as you seek to capitalize on this scandal rather than quash it. Like the NFL, which turned a blind eye while its players assaulted and victimized women and children, Google has turned a blind eye while its sites repeatedly exploit and victimize these women.
While the letter praises Twitter and other ISPs for quickly responding to DCMA takedown demands, Singer takes Google to task for not living up to its own “Don’t be evil” motto. “Google, one of the largest ISPs in the world, with vast resources and a huge support staff, generating multimillions of dollars in revenues on a daily basis, has recklessly allowed these blatant violations to continue in conscious disregard of our clients' rights.”
“We've removed tens of thousands of pictures - within hours of the requests being made - and we have closed hundreds of accounts,” a Google spokesperson's told the Independent. “The internet is used for many good things. Stealing people’s private photos is not one of them.”
Although the FBI is investigating the hack targeting A-list celebrities, the fourth wave of personal celebrity photos were leaked online over the weekend. The fact that they included a male this time and “less” famous female celebrities, “seem to indicate that the pervy legion of hackers behind this sordid episode seem to be running out of ammo,” according to the Daily Beast.