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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Judge orders Gawker to pull Palin book pages

A federal judge on Saturday ordered Gawker Media to pull leaked pages of Sarah Palin's forthcoming book "America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag" from its blog.

The injunction prohibits Gawker from "continuing to distribute, publish or otherwise transmit pages from the book" pending a hearing on Nov. 30.

HarperCollins Publishers had sued Gawker after it published images on Nov. 17 from Palin's book before its release next week.

In response, Palin tweeted, "Isn't that illegal?"

Gawker defended its action in a post Thursday titled "Sarah Palin is Mad at Us for Leaking Pages From Her Book" and addressed a message to "Sarah" telling her to read pages about fair use under copyright law. "Or skip the totally boring reading and call one of your lawyers," the post said. "They'll walk you through it."

HarperCollins filed a legal complaint Friday in federal court asking that the site be banned from what it termed "further copyright infringement."

Gawker Media LLC couldn't immediately be reached for comment Saturday but appeared to have removed the images from its site.  (Continues here)


A two-page order signed Saturday by U.S. District Judge Thomas P. Griesa, who sits in Manhattan, says: “Gawker is temporarily retrained and enjoined from continuing to distribute, publish or otherwise transmit pages" of the book.

See the order here.

POLITICO has asked Gawker for a comment about the judge’s order, and will add it.

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