Gawker settles lawsuit with HarperCollins

If you recall, Gawker took it upon themselves to publish excerpts of “America by Heart,” featuring their attempt at mockery, after grabbing over a dozen pages from the Trig Truther site Palingates. Harper Collins filed a legal complaint in court. Manhattan’s U.S. District Judge Thomas P. Griesa sided with Harper Collins and stated:

“Gawker is temporarily retrained and enjoined from continuing to distribute, publish or otherwise transmit pages” of the book.

Gawker even took the liberty of mocking Sarah Palin after she questioned whether it was legal or not for Gawker to publish the pages from her book.

Instead of waiting for the hearing to take place on November 30, the two sides reached settlement.

HarperCollins said Tuesday that it is “gratified” by the settlement and that Gawker, “has agreed to keep the posted material off its web site and not to post the material again in the future.”

HarperCollins also said it welcomes “public commentary on its books so long as any book content is utilized in a manner that is consistent with the law.”

In a statement to The Cutline, Gawker sneaked in some snark in the commentary as well:

“HarperCollins’ decision to file suit against us and seek a temporary restraining order generated a good deal of press for Ms. Palin’s book in advance of publication. Now that the book is out and destined to appear on the bestseller list, we’re pleased that HarperCollins proposed settling this case, as is, to avoid lengthy litigation.”

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