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Sarah Palin Wins Round in Gawker Lawsuit

A federal judge on Saturday ordered the website Gawker to pull down unauthorized excerpts from Sarah Palin's forthcoming book, "America By Heart," until a hearing scheduled for Nov. 30, reports Politico.

U.S. District Judge Thomas P. Griesa signed a two-page order telling Gawker to take down the excerpts Saturday.

"Gawker is temporarily retrained and enjoined from continuing to distribute, publish or otherwise transmit pages," said Griesa.

The link to Gawker's scoop, "Sarah Palin's New Book: Leaked Excerpts," is currently broken.

Palin's Publisher Sues Gawker over Book Excerpts

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."

Palin's publisher, HarperCollins filed a lawsuit Friday in Federal Court in Manhattan against Gawker Media asking that the company be banned from what it terms "further copyright infringement" and that Gawker deliver the source material to the publisher so it can be destroyed. HarperCollins is also seeking financial damages.

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

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

The blog was not the first site to publish excerpts from the book, which has been billed as a tribute to American values, but it refused to take them down after receiving a letter demanding that it do so, the lawsuit said. The Associated Press bought a copy of the book ahead of its Nov. 23 release date.

In it, Palin praises Simon Cowell and the movies "Juno," "Knocked Up" and "40-Year-Old Virgin." She accuses President Barack Obama of reflecting "a stark lack of faith in the American people."

Palin's first book, the memoir "Going Rogue," has sold more than 2 million copies.

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