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'Streisand Effect' Snags Effort to Hide Documents

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'Streisand Effect' Snags Effort to Hide Documents

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'Streisand Effect' Snags Effort to Hide Documents

'Streisand Effect' Snags Effort to Hide Documents

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Recently, a judge ordered some leaked documents concerning the Swiss bank Julius Baer to be removed from a Web site. But, instead of hiding the documents from public view, the judge's action drew more attention to them.

The episode is the latest example of a phenomenon known as the "Streisand Effect." Robert Siegel talks with Mike Masnick, CEO of Techdirt Inc., who coined the term.

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