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June 22, 2004
Book Publisher Knopf Rattles Copyright Saber
In echoes of the infamous copyright case Harper & Row v. Nation Enterprises, Editor and Publisher reports that Knopf, publishers of Bill Clinton's memoir, is threatening to sue Associated Press for running early excerpts from the book last Friday (Publisher of Clinton Memoir Threatens to Sue AP).
Knopf had agreed to let numerous TV outlets interview Clinton over the weekend and Monday before the book' release on Tuesday, and kept the book under wraps, refusing to sell excerpts in advance. A Knopf lawyer cited precedents, but other lawyers indicated AP was safe because it had stuck to the "facts" from the book without extensive verbatim quotes.
I wonder how many of those TV outlets cancelled their Clinton interviews because all the juicy bits in the book had already been revealed at the end of last week. I'm sure the massive publicity rollout has turned into a complete failure.
via LIS News
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