NEW YORK (CNN) - Sarah Palin and her political action committee are being sued by a newspaper publisher over the use of an "iconic" Sept. 11 photograph.
In legal documents obtained by CNN, the North Jersey Media Group claims that Palin used their "WTC Flag Raising Photograph" without permission when it was allegedly posted on her Facebook page and the website for her political action committee, SarahPAC.
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The photograph, which depicts three firefighters raising an American flag over the rubble of the World Trade Center, was taken September 11, 2001, by Thomas E. Franklin, a staff photographer at the publisher's subsidiary, The Record, in New Jersey. CNN Films recently produced a documentary, entitled “The Flag,” that explored the story of the banner, which went missing.
The photograph has drawn national attention - being made into a stamp in 2002, and later enshrined in the Library of Congress, according to the photographer's website.
Screen captures sent to CNN by the publishing company show the picture on Palin's Facebook page, embossed with the words, "We Will Never Forget." CNN did not, however, independently view the photos on Palin's websites before they were reportedly taken down.
“It’s important to enforce our copyright on this iconic photo," Jennifer Borg, general counsel of the North Jersey Media Group, told CNN. “When neither Ms. Palin nor her PAC responded to our demand letter to remove the photo, we were left with no choice but to seek redress through the courts.”
In the federal lawsuit, filed Friday, the publisher asks that Palin and SarahPAC be forced to stop using the photograph and pay damages or defendants’ profits.
CNN reached out to Palin and her representatives for comment Saturday, but did not receive an immediate response.
liberals dont have lives
Can't she just disappear already?
what a gorgeous woman!
Its in Every Americans right to use photos once there on the internet unless they have a copyright embossed on the front of the picture it is not copyright infringement . Im not a lawyer
She is a stupid person. The end.
Sarah, just go away.
Does she not understand copyright laws? Oh I forgot she doesn't.
Do they also own the pictures of people leaping out of the buildings? $$$$creepy$$$$$.
Finally some good news about _____ (I try not to use her name)
"Screen captures sent to CNN by the publishing company show the picture on Palin's Facebook page, embossed with the words, "We Will Never Forget." CNN did not, however, independently view the photos on Palin's websites before they were reportedly taken down."
Holy cow, someone at CNN actually has journalistic integrity? Thank you, Sho!
Sleezy Sarah as usual..
Thanks for giving her the media exposure that makes illegal use of copyrighted work entirely worth it for her.
I was just thinking the other day that it was nice not to have to hear about this silly twit anymore.
I love safina.
Wow... who cares.
I miss you Sarah! Holla back girl.
Why can't this witch just back to Alaska and get in her igloo.
nine minutes later, she still looks better than ever!
Sarah Palin did something dishonest? Shocker.
Bot these "free market" apostles sure don't have much respect for other people's property, do they?
As much as I'm not a Palin fan, demanding royalties for usage of an iconic photo stemming from a national tragedy is unfortunate. It's profiteering from tragedy in usage that's meant for remembrance and not profit.
sure that turd out of existence!
Where is this picture? Horrible article
Excuse Sarah, she is illiterate and couldn't read the lawyer's letter!