Friday, November 19, 2010

Sarah Palin's publisher sues Gawker Media for publishing leaked book excerpts

BY MEENA HARTENSTEIN
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Palin's upcoming book 'America By Heart' was leaked all over the Internet this week.
Sarah Palin's new book hits stores in just a few days, but until then, she doesn't want anyone to read it.
After pages of her book "America By Heart" leaked all over the Internet this week, Palin's publisher HarperCollins announced on Friday it is suing Gawker Media for posting the excerpt and refusing to take it down.
The lawsuit was filed Friday in New York, a HarperCollins spokeswoman confirmed to The Associated Press.
On Wednesday, Gawker posted scanned images of 21 leaked pages from the book, allowing users to click and read each image.
In the excerpt, which was also published on other blogs, Palin takes aim at the President and First Lady, contestants on "American Idol," 80's TV character Murphy Brown, and Levi Johnston, the father of her daughter Bristol's baby.
She also describes her tenuous relationship with the press.
"More than once I thought, 'How could this be worth it?'" she writes. "'Let's just go back to Wasilla and stop feeding the media beast. Let's give ourselves and our family a break.'"
Palin, of course, has not shied away from the media since then. She currently serves as a Fox contributor and stars in her own reality show, while daughter is a contestant on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
The day after Gawker published the pages, Palin saw them circulating around the internet and took to Twitter to protest.
"The publishing world is LEAKING out-of-context excerpts of my book w/out my permission? Isn't that illegal?" she wrote on Thursday, linking to a conservative blog which had posted the leaked material as well.
Gawker responded with a post titled "Sarah Palin is Mad at Us for Leaking Pages From Her Book," which, in the site's typical snarky style, referred the ex-Alaska Gov. to Wikipedia's page on "Fair Use."
"Or skip the totally boring reading and call one of your lawyers," Gawker added. "They'll walk you through it."
But Palin's lawyers don't seem to think it's that simple.
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