All Streisand Effects Considered

from the drive-time-radio dept

The Streisand Effect is getting a bit more coverage these days. After the Associated Press mentioned it the other day, I got to sit down and talk with Robert Siegel for today's "All Things Considered" where we discussed The Streisand Effect starting with the Wikileaks case and moving on to some other cases where the Effect clearly made an appearance. If this keeps up, maybe we can look forward to a day when lawyers think twice about trying to force perfectly legitimate content offline.

Filed Under: all things considered, npr, streisand effect, wikileaks

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    Moogle, 1 Mar 2008 @ 6:05am


    Well, sure, lawyers can do what's legal, and even what isn't. The point is that what they do will not necessarily accomplish what they want.

    "Do" entails suing people, making a stink, etc. Removing something from the public eye isn't something you can do, it's a possible and as we're seeing somewhat unlikely outcome of what someone can "do".

    It's very important to realize that the legal system has no say about what's right or wrong. It can only attempt to influence behavior by attaching more results to an action. In this case, there's not much point to changing a law, because the attempted behavior by lawyers had the worst possible outcome for their client in this case - news agencies all over the world are talking ABOUT wikileaks.

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