Since shortly after our web site "went live", Barbra Streisand has been complaining about a photograph on our web site, 3% of which covers her home. In February 2003, we received a threatening letter from her attorney, John Gatti of Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan LLP, demanding that we "immediately cease and desist from photographing and displaying and identifying photographs of Ms. Streisand's home on the website www.californiacoastline.org [...]".
We refuse to be intimidated by these tactics, which would undermine our constitutional protection of free speech and which would compromise the integrity of this historical and scientific database. As a result of which, we received a second threatening letter.
Our goal is to create a complete record of the California coastline. This record has been used by a number of government, university, press, and environmental groups (partial list) free of charge. It is not possible to provide the public with a complete record without the photographs of the coast that happen to include Ms. Streisand's estate. We do not believe in giving special treatment to wealthy coastal land owners.
Ms. Streisand, who purports to espouse the First Amendment right of freedom of speech. apparently feels differently when the publication of a photograph shows her backyard.
Here is a copy of the Complaint that Ms. Streisand filed against us in Superior Court in Los Angeles. Here is a complete set of court documents. All of her claims are frivolous and will be vigorously defended.
Read our full press release here HTML or PDF.
Or read some of the rants we've been receiving.
SLAPP suits, or Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, have been recognized in California as lawsuits that are brought against individuals, corporations or organizations in an attempt to silence defendants who speak out on matters of public concern. In many instances, the case is without legal merit but the suit is filed to harass and intimidate the defendant into submission. "We find it shocking that an environmentalist like Barbra Streisand would file a SLAPP suit against this project," said Kenneth and Gabrielle Adelman. "This sort of activity against public participation is a tactic normally employed by polluters such as Shell Oil and Texaco. We are determined to fight to protect this website and to continue to make it available to the public."
Here is a copy of the Anti-SLAPP Motion to Strike that we have filed in the Superior Court in Los Angeles. The hearing was held on July 14th through July 18th. Here is a complete set of court documents.
Read our full press release here HTML or PDF.
For more information on SLAPP suits, visit the California Anti-SLAPP Project.
Here is a copy of the Tentative Ruling of the court. Here is a complete set of court documents.
Read our full press release here HTML or PDF.
Here is a copy of the Final Ruling of the court. Here is a complete set of court documents.
Here is a copy of the Ruling of the court. Here is a complete set of court documents.
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|Streisand Sues Over Photograph of Her Coast Home on Web Site||Los Angeles Times, May 30, 2003|
|Streisand files $50 million lawsuit over aerial photos||Associated Press, May 30, 2003|
|Barbra Streisand Sues Aerial Photographer||Yahoo! News, May 30, 2003|
|Streisand Sues Over Web Photos of Malibu Estate||New York Times, May 30, 2003|
|Celebrity Justice Movie (3.2MB)||Celebrity Justice TV, May 30, 2003|
|Babs Takes on Guerrilla Environmentalists: Streisand tries to shut down coastal website.||TechTV, May 30, 2003|
|Streisand Sues Environmentalist Photographer for Website Photo||Cybercast News Service, May 30, 2003|
|Don't Tread on Babs||E-online, May 30, 2003|
|Streisand files $10 million lawsuit against Watsonville photographer||KION / channel 46, May 30, 2003|
|Streisand Suing Watsonville Photographer: Suit Alleges Photographs Show Entry Routes To Property||KSBW / channel 8, May 30, 2003|
|Total, Unadulterated BS - Barbra Streisand||Rush Limbaugh, May 30, 2003|
|Joe Scarborough Commentary - Movie (8.5MB)||MSNBC-TV, May 30, 2003|
|Streisand's home: A suit is born||The San Jose Mercury News, May 31, 2003|
|Why Sing When You Can Sue?||The Aero-News Network, May 31, 2003|
|Fascist photo flap||Richard Bennett's Omphalos, May 31, 2003|
|The Price of Tides: Streisand Environmental Hypocrite||Counterpunch, May 31, 2003|
|Barbra Streisand poursuit un icologiste pour avoir mis sa villa sur internet||LeMonde, May 31, 2003|
|Barbra Streisand Sues Over Photos of Home||MSN Entertainment, May 31, 2003|
|Streisand sues Corralitos photographer||Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 31, 2003|
|FuzzFace's Notebook: Barbra Streisand||Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organization, May 31, 2003|
|Streisand suing environmentalists over California Coastline project||BoingBoing: A directory of wonderful things, June 1, 2003|
|Why Sing When You Can Sue? Barbra Streisand Hits Aerial Photographer With $50 Million Lawsuit||FreeRepublic.com "A Conservative News Forum, June 1, 2003|
|Barbra Streisand klagt gegen Homepage-Betreiber||Heise Online, June 1, 2003|
|Celebrity Chatter: Babs Is Fighting Mad Over Internet Photos||WMOR-TV / Tampa, June 1, 2003|
|The fine line of celebrity stupidity Barbra Streisand, the latest star to make a very dumb move||MSNBC News, June 1, 2003|
|Streisand sues over mansion photos||BBC News, June 2, 2003|
|LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Streisand Claims Coast Photo Violates Privacy||Los Angeles Times, June 3, 2003|
|Malibu Babs: Snapshots of an eco-hypocrite||Townhall.COM: Conservative News and Information, June 4, 2003|
|Streisand sues photographer for posting pictures of Malibu estate||The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, June 5, 2003|
|The case of the indignant diva||The Japan Times, June 8, 2003|
|When It Comes To Online Photos Of Her Seaside Estate, This Funny Girl Isn't Laughing||ADLAW By Request, June 9, 2003|
|Editorial: Not funny, girl||The Sacramento Bee, June 11, 2003|
|A Lawsuit is Born||The GoodTimes, June 12, 2003|
|Coastal Image Archive Faces Privacy Pressure||GeoPlace.COM: The Authoritive Resource for Spatial Information, June 13, 2003|
|Techie Protects Coastline via Camera (interview) (7.2MB MP3) (RealAudio)||WebTalkGuys Radio Show, June 14, 2003|
|June 2003 Jackass: Barbara Streisand||Bully Magazine, June 15, 2003|
|Barbra Streisand's Half-truth Alert||The Left Coast Report, NewsMax.com, June 17, 2003|
|Streisand's all wet on coastline photo suit||The San Jose Mercury News, June 18, 2003|
|People who sue people: Streisand's $14m claim||The Sydney Morning Herald, June 18, 2003|
|Web photog wants Streisand suit tossed||CNN Headline News, June 24, 2003|
|Streisand's home becomes hit on Web||The San Jose Mercury News, June 24, 2003|
|Local man asks for dismissal of Streisand case||Register-Pajaronian, June 26, 2003|
|Barbra Streisand is blaming the Bush administration||MSNBC News, June 30, 2003|
|Diva sues dull website||Asiaone, July 2, 2003|
|When Babs Attacks||The GoodTimes, July 3, 2003|
|Judge will rule on Streisand privacy suit next month||The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, July 19, 2003|
|Judge to rule later on Streisand privacy lawsuit||The San Jose Mercury News, August 18, 2003|
|Streisand goes coastal over Web photo effort||The San Francisco Chronicle, August 31, 2003|
|Just spell my name right||The San Francisco Chronicle, September 4, 2003|
|Streisand sues to shield estate from aerial view||Guardian Unlimited, September 7, 2003|
|Air Adelman: A Caltech Couple Takes to the Skies to Help Preserve the California Coast||The Caltech News, Fall 2003|
|Bad Day in Court for Barbra||The Drudge Report, December 3, 2003|
|The Smoking Gun on Babs||The Smoking Gun, December 3, 2003|
|KSBW-TV Movie (1MB)||KSBW / channel 8, December 3, 2003|
|Celebrity Justice Movie (6.7MB)||Celebrity Justice TV, December 4, 2003|
|Streisand Loses Privacy Suit||CBS News / WTEV, December 4, 2003|
|Judge dismisses Streisand's $10M suit||CNN News, December 4, 2003|
|Judge to Babs: You Are Dismissed||E-online, December 4, 2003|
|Judge: Photos Don't Violate Streisand's Privacy||FOX News, December 4, 2003|
|Judge Tosses $10M Streisand Lawsuit||KSBW / channel 8, December 4, 2003|
|Judge Rejects Streisand Privacy Suit||Los Angeles Times, December 4, 2003|
|Streisand Fails in Effort to Crush the First Amendment||NewsMax.com, December 4, 2003|
|Judge Dismisses Streisand's $10 Million Lawsuit||New York Times, December 4, 2003|
|County man prevails in Streisand suit over coastal photos||Santa Cruz Sentinel, December 4, 2003|
|Judge tosses Streisand's suit to keep estate photos off Web She argued activist's aerial shots invaded her privacy||The San Francisco Chronicle, December 4, 2003|
|Privacy suit a flop, judge tells Streisand||The San Jose Mercury News, December 4, 2003|
|Babs's peeping tom case fails||The Australian, December 4, 2003|
|Judge rules against Barbra Streisand||The Toronto Star, December 4, 2003|
|2003 in review; A Lawsuit is Born||The GoodTimes, January 1, 2004|
|The Blame Game; Lawyers split on whether frivolous claims make for strong cases or just legal harassment||Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal, January 12, 2004|
|Saving Malibu from the stars||The Ecologist, February 2004|
|The Smoking Gun on Babs||The Smoking Gun, March 5, 2004|
|Photographer says Streisand not following court's ruling||Houston Chronicle, March 8, 2004|
|Streisand yet to pay over Internet Lawsuit||TheStar Online, March 8, 2004|
|Babs Stiffs Shutterbug||E-online, March 8, 2004|
|He's after Streisand to pay his legal fees||The Sacramento Bee, April 20, 2004|
|Streisand's Privacy Suit Backfires||Celebrity Justice, May 20, 2004|
|Streisand Hit With $177,000 Legal Bill||The Smoking Gun, May 21, 2004|
|Judge Orders Streisand to Pay $177,000 for Photographer's Legal Fees||Los Angeles Times, May 28, 2004|
|Streisand ordered to pay photographer's legal fees||The San Jose Mercury News, May 28, 2004|
|Streisand Pays Up||Yahoo! News, May 28, 2004|
|Streisand pays off Corralitos photographer||Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 29, 2004|
|The public starts SLAPPing back||Chicago Tribune, December 26, 2005|
|The Streisand Effect||Forbes Magazine, May 11, 2007|
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