Photo Of Streisand Home Becomes An Internet Hit

from the the-power-of-the-internet dept

One thing seems clear these days. If you want to hide something from the internet - you're only likely to make it more widely available, so you're often better off not stirring the hornet's nest. Barbara Streisand is apparently finding that out the hard way. Earlier this month we had the story about how she was suing to have a photo of her house removed from the internet, because she felt it violated her privacy. Of course, the photo was one of 12,000 photos documenting the entire coast of California - all taken from public airspace. Now, as the case gets closer to trial, it's pretty clear that there's no way the photo will ever disappear from the internet - as everyone is checking it out and downloading their own copy (you can see the infamous photo yourself). In the meantime, the photographer in question has filed a motion to have the lawsuit dismissed.
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  1. identicon
    Oliver Wendell Jones, 24 Jun 2003 @ 12:47pm

    Two questions

    From the countersuit article:

    The lawsuit asks the defendants to stop disseminating the photographs, saying they use "enhanced technology" and deprive the 61-year-old Adelman of the economic value of the use of the images of her property and residence."

    1) Did they use his name by mistake? Should it say '61-year-old Streisand' instead?

    2) What "enhanced technology" are they using? Since when did digital cameras become "enhanced technology"?

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  2. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 24 Jun 2003 @ 6:31pm

    sometimes...'s just better not to draw attention to yourself on the internet.

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  3. identicon
    Ken, 5 Jan 2005 @ 4:23pm

    Internet <> Tabloids?

    So, it's ok for the tabloids to publish this information ... it's expected and, possibly, wanted. But if someone posts it on the internet, suddenly it's a breach of her privacy? How about, if she doesn't like her privacy being invaded, she should be famous. It seems mainly famous people are the ones who complain about the internet publicity and they are all over the tabloids and never say a word about that.

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  4. identicon
    Tim, 25 Feb 2005 @ 2:14am


    I'd say that if she doesn't want the outside of her abode photographed, she shouldn't present it to the public, including those flying above the coastline.

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  5. identicon
    Pedro Machado, 22 May 2006 @ 8:34am

    Sue happy

    I had a friend from California wich I meet in Lisbon a few years ago. She used to say everybody is "Sue happy" in the US.
    Knowing the 70% of the world's lawyers run their business in the US, theres no wonder that these kind of things happen. If theres nothing to litigate they just invent it...

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  6. identicon
    frank, 10 Jun 2006 @ 8:20am

    another farewell concert by Streisand?

    Dear all,

    Let's sue this artist. Her "last" concert in LA we spent
    a fortune as that would be her last concert and
    now we hear, she is going on tour again.

    Join force and let's sue her and her Sony money


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  7. identicon
    Dollface, 4 Aug 2006 @ 1:09pm

    Stupid people

    You know, its not illegal, its not ruining her privacy, that could be ANYONES HOUSE and ANYONE can see it if they wanna go for a drive, so whats the difference?

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  8. identicon
    david, 1 Dec 2006 @ 4:39pm

    Re: another farewell concert by Streisand?

    i'd suggest that you get some real talent of your own. perhaps, throw a concert in your back yard or something. just don't call it 'one voice'.

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    Pam, 2 Dec 2006 @ 1:38pm


    The reason for the lawsuit was the labeling of the photograph on the site with her name. Other homes can only be found by coordinates, not the owner's name. When she initially protested, he could have simply removed her name and avoided all the legal trouble. Looks to me like he has gained a lot of publicity for his site and his business. And what exactly is his business doing to help the environment? After looking at his site, it looks like he has enjoyed every minute of antagonizing Streisand. How has that helped the environment?

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  10. identicon
    Snarl Greywolf, 19 Jan 2007 @ 1:23pm

    The Streisand Effect

    If she really wants to stop the web author from showing her house photo to the world, she doesn't need lawyers, she just needs to threaten to come sing in the lobby of the website author's office. That photo would come down so quick, it'd make your head swim.

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  11. identicon
    Cove favorite, 26 Apr 2007 @ 8:35pm

    Re: publicity

    I cant help wondering about the publicity and how they located her home. I know a fan didn't seek it out and actually find it. My assumption all information has come through the press has readily educated the fans. Streisand fans will find the house and drive around until they find it once the info is out. The press has violated her basic right to privacy in her own home. Her sense of safey and comfort in her home or even sitting by the pool. And because of that one picture had he not mentioned her name not many would have put it together. It's so clear now and anyone can just climb the hill, bluff or whatever it is.
    What happens when you get to the top? Anyone get to the top? How did you feel about yourself once you violated her privacy?How do you think she felt about you?
    As curious as I am to see the roses I will never violate privacy knowing how paranoid she is. i also know if our paths cross I certainly want her to know I have a good character. That man needs to be sued-- Don't back down B. Besides Jim is a sharpshooter and he will shoot you in the leg then make you walk down the steep bluff.
    With respect,

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  12. identicon
    Martin Corrent, 10 Dec 2007 @ 11:56am

    Not a violation of privacy

    First of all nothing viewable from public airspace is private. Second, Streisand's estate is NOT the only picture that has the owner's name in the caption. A simple search for locations with the word "estate" will show this.

    "a Los Angeles Superior Court issued a 46-page opinion on December 3, 2003 holding that Barbra Streisand, the well-known entertainer and Hollywood celebrity, abused the judicial process by filing a lawsuit against aerial archivist Ken Adelman, his Internet Service Provider Layer42.NET, and Pictopia.COM."

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  13. identicon
    barbara, 3 Feb 2009 @ 5:05pm

    Re: Sue happy

    people who sue people are the greediest people in the world. B.A.M.

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  14. identicon
    barbara, 3 Feb 2009 @ 5:09pm

    Re: another farewell concert by Streisand?

    all the sweet boys wanna be you,
    sold our children just to see you,
    we're all broke now, who can blame us,
    here we are now, entertain us

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  15. identicon
    martin g, 18 Jan 2011 @ 5:41am


    Perhaps Barbara just doesn't like 'nosey' peole? (for some reason)

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    Soundy (profile), 25 Feb 2013 @ 11:27am

    Since it's now almost 10 years later, and the link to the photo still works, I guess it's safe to assume the lawsuit has failed? ;)

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    Anonymous Coward, 2 Nov 2020 @ 1:21am

    The picture is still up in late 2020. It's been ~18 years since the photo was taken and the effect of the term is still seen around the world on a daily basis; if anything, this case gave that behavior a name (and an understanding of an appropriate internet-wide response) that will stick with society far beyond her lifetime.

    That's a good thing.

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