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Streisand Sues Over Photos of Home

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Barbra Streisand has launched a $10 million lawsuit against an aerial photographer and his associates, claiming that the pictures they took of her Malibu home and property violate her right to privacy.

Those named in the star’s legal action, filed May 20 in Los Angeles Superior Court, include photographer Kenneth Adelman, 39, of Watsonville, his Web hosting service, and Pictopia, a photo agency that distributes his work, according to court documents obtained by the Smoking Gun Web site.

Streisand, 61, alleges five counts of privacy intrusion, including violation of the state’s anti-paparazzi act and asks that the defendants stop disseminating the photographs, which use “enhanced technology” and deprive Streisand “of the economic value of the use of the images of her property and residence.”

Adelman runs a nonprofit agency, California Coastal Records Project, whose Web site provides an aerial photography survey of the California coast for scientists and other researchers, the Associated Press reports.

In her suit, Streisand claims that detailed photos of her property and residence — which were taken by Adelman and sold by Pictopia — identify access routes to her property and furnish details ordinarily unavailable to the public and thus opens the door to potential “stalkers.”

Adelman, a retired Silicon Valley entrepreneur and millionaire, said his intent was to provide information for conservationists and other land-use researchers.

“I think there’s a free speech issue here,” he said. “The photographs were taken in a public place where she doesn’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy.”