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Palin publisher says Gawker lawsuit is settled

Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2010

NEW YORK - Sarah Palin's publisher said Tuesday that it has settled its lawsuit against Gawker Media.

Ralph Freso / The Associated Press
Ralph Freso / The Associated Press

Alleging copyright infringement, HarperCollins sued Gawker on Friday for posting leaked images from Palin's "America by Heart," which went on sale Tuesday. Gawker pulled the images over the weekend after a federal judge granted HarperCollins an injunction pending a Nov. 30 hearing.

According to the publisher, which had sought financial damages, Gawker has agreed to keep the images off of its website. HarperCollins declined to give further details of the settlement, but said in a statement Tuesday that it was "gratified."

"HarperCollins does welcome public commentary on its books so long as any book content is utilized in a manner that is consistent with the law," the publisher said.

Gawker did not immediately respond to phone and e-mail requests for comment late Tuesday.

"America by Heart" is Palin's first book since the million-selling "Going Rogue" and she has just started a promotional tour. For much of Tuesday, the new book was No. 10 on Amazon.com's best-seller list.

Meanwhile, Palin kicked off her national book tour at a store in Phoenix on Tuesday.

Several hundred people waited in line Tuesday to get a copy of her new book and to have Palin sign it.

Some began lining up at 1 a.m. Phoenix time outside the Barnes & Noble bookstore for the event, which didn't start until 6 p.m.

The book is Palin's first since her million-selling memoir "Going Rogue."

The potential 2012 presidential candidate was scheduled to sign copies of her new book for three hours.

Palin, the former governor of Alaska, was the vice-presidential candidate on the Republican ticket in 2008.



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