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The Streisand Effect and Cody Wilson's 3-D Printed Gun

• https://fee.org, C. Edward Kelso

Their efforts eventually proved worthy of lauds and awards.

However, not everyone was pleased with the Adelmans' labor of love for their advocacy group, California Coastal Records Project. Ken's images were uploaded to pictopia.com, and one of the thousands of photographs, labeled 3850, appeared to reveal actress, songstress, activist Barbra Streisand's palatial, cliff-defying mansion. 

Neither the Adelmans nor anyone else knew the estate belonged to Streisand. Nothing about the picture hinted even slightly to that fact. The Adelmans learned of 3850's significance by way of a $50 million, yes million, lawsuit brought by Streisand, hoping to have the offending image removed in an effort to protect Yentl's / Roz Focker's privacy.

And what became known as the Streisand Effect organically, predictably, arranged itself into an orgy of media coverage. The offending picture was now everywhere, defeating the lawsuit's purpose. Hundreds of thousands new visitors jammed the website for a look. Had Babs left well enough alone, probably no one would've ever figured out image 3850's true import.      

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