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The Streisand Effect


This term was coined to describe a situation where the attempt to censor or suppress a piece of information on the Internet backfires and leads to greater publicity.

The term was coined in 2003 when Barbara Streisand objected to aerial photographs of her home in Malibu appearing in a collection of publicly available coastline pictures. She sued (unsuccessfully) for $50m—and in doing so ensured that the pictures gained far wider publicity. (Read more)

There are many such examples of similar incidents. In September 2006, video clips portraying paparazzi footage of Brazilian television personality Daniela Cicarelli having sex with her boyfriend on a beach in Spain were uploaded to YouTube. Court injunctions, which culminated in the blocking of YouTube in Brazil, proved unsuccessful in preventing the spread of the video. Read Wiki for a list of similar such incidents.

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