Court Orders Gawker to Pull Palin Excerpts

November 21st, 2010 at 2:56 am | 5 Comments |

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The New York Times reports:

When Sarah Palin found out that some Web sites had posted excerpts from advance copies of her new book, she took her lament to Twitter.

“The publishing world is LEAKING out-of-context excerpts of my book w/out my permission? Isn’t that illegal?” she wrote in a post on Thursday.

Gawker, which had posted more than a dozen pages of the forthcoming book, mocked her legal analysis.

But it turns out that for the time being, Gawker has been legally prohibited from publishing the material.

On Saturday, a federal judge told the media gossip blog it must take down the excerpts until a hearing on Nov. 30, according to a spokeswoman for HarperCollins, the book’s publisher, which sued Gawker on Friday. That means Gawker’s scoop is essentially squashed until after the book, “America by Heart,” is released on Tuesday. On Saturday evening, the link to Gawker’s original post about the book no longer worked (though it still appeared in Google’s cache).

While Gawker is the only publication to face a lawsuit so far, HarperCollins has been vigilant about policing advance leaks. For example, Christopher Goff, the publisher’s general counsel, accused an anti-Palin blog, Palingates, of copyright infringement and demanded that the excerpts be removed on Wednesday.

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5 Comments so far ↓

  • busboy33

    Of course, since the pages have been up for about a week or so, there’s only a few million copies floating around the Intertubes, meaning this accomplishes nothing.

    Good going Sarah!

  • PatrickQuint

    Busboy, Sarah has done nothing but tweet about this.

    HarperCollins has sued. HarperCollins’ legal team has convinced the judge to make the order. HarperCollins is going to win the lawsuit, largely because Gawker has allowed HarperCollins’ proprietary information to be spread millions of times around the intertubes.

    I’m with HarperCollins on this, regardless of what I think of the author.

  • politicalfan

    Who cares? If the little leaks are any indication of the meat of this book. Then we have her foreign policy pegged in a heartbeat. (Make the people you don’t like “man-up” in your country first and then take out every one else from other countries that disagree with you). If that doesn’t scare Republicans, I don’t know what else will.

  • nwahs

    I thought Frum said it wasn’t illegal? Perhaps thats for a jury to decide.
    No condescending scorn for the judge? Perhaps “reason 7659 why this person shouldn’t be judge.”

    Crickets, Dave?

  • nhthinker

    Obviously, Sarah Palin’s instincts on this issue were dead-on and Frum was completely out to lunch-

    Should we chalk it up more to Frum’s hate of Sarah or the lousy advice he gets from publishing lawyers?

    http://www.frumforum.com/yet-another-reason-palin-shouldnt-be-president