What Anthony Scaramucci endured was the so-called Streisand Effect, a term coined by the Techdirt blog in 2005, two years after Barbra Streisand sued a photographer for posting an image of her California mansion—one of 12,000 shots taken to document coastal erosion.
A lawsuit was filed in a bid for the pop diva to retain her privacy rights. Before the suit was filed, the image was downloaded only six times, two of them by Streisand’s lawyers.
After the filing, the photo collected 420,000 clicks.
Check out our feature, “Shut Up! The Art of Cease-and-Desist Letters,” in the July 2018 issue of the ABA Journal.
Attribution: Photo by JStone/Shutterstock.com.