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  • BOOK LAWYERS ON THE LOOSE! Another website has received a cease-and-desist letter from HarperCollins’ lawyers for publishing full-page scans. We haven’t! But your editor has decided to delete the full-page excerpts we’ve published — for now — so he won’t have to care about this for the rest of the night.
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82 comments

  1. Bruno

    Not surprising given that you can’t even bring a cellphone, recording device or baby stroller to a SARAH!!1! rally.

  2. Bruno

    I’ve said this like 20 times now, but please, if anyone needs to read the book, do it in the B&N toilets and don’t wash your hands. I want the taint to spread

  3. Click

    Sort of like threatening to clean up the vomitus that’s spilling over the side of the toilet, isn’t it Jim? Thanks.

  4. Bruno

    Jim, even though this is a warblog, I know you don’t like us publishing people’s addresses and whatnot (which I agree with). But the link has the work address, phone number, fax, and email of said lawyer.

    I’m guessing there will be a few messages waiting for him in the morning from concerned citizens

    He also refers to her as “Governor” Palin. Not former.

  5. Suds McKenzie

    Its not that you are deleting the excerpts; you are simply removing them, because they would be a distraction from your administration of this page.

    For the Troops!! also

  6. llibra

    You really did a number on me. I’m much less sober than I ought to be. I began reading your first post about Sarah and as usual was delighted by the wit in the responses. My husband came home and I tried to share the bounty with him. I was bewildered, flummoxed, you name it, when none of the comments were even familiar to me, and the thing is I had purposely switched from Jim Beam to Pinot Grigio so as to stay alive, and less distressing to my loved ones.

  7. Neilist

    WARBLOG!

    Anyone wanna help me load mags?

    For a Harper & Collins lawyer, we can use varmit loads, rather than something more serious.

    That way, we can save the Big Stuff for the Palin-O-Saurous herself. After all, a brain shot is out of the question, and the small ganglion that controls her “higher” functions is located in her tail. Going to be hard to penetrate through that kevlar girdle/pantyhose . . . .

  8. Darkness

    [re=458924]Bruno[/re]: AH, I wondered why you were not suggesting readers partake of the comfortable coffee shop B&N conveniently provides for this purpose. Now I see.

  9. shadowMark

    Jim is afraid if he leaves up the words that Piper will give him the finger and if Piper gives you the finger it’s not Erich von Zipper giving you the finger it’s PIPER FUCKING PALIN giving you the finger and when PIPER FUCKING PALIN gives you the finger you stay fingered!

  10. GreatGrey

    Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. § 107

    “Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 17 U.S.C. § 106 and 17 U.S.C. § 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

    1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
    2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
    3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
    4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

    The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.”

    I don’t think Chris from Harper Collins can back up his bluff, one or two pages from a 413 page book don’t constitute “substantial” infringement.

  11. Alaskan Diva

    I got a lovely HarperCollins letter as well:

    http://tinyurl.com/ygedz95

    I feel so…so…handpicked! (ewwww)

    Considering the Senior Vice President of the company is sending out emails to itty-bitty blogs ON A SUNDAY, ya gotta wonder how he feels about being Sarah Palin’s new bitch!

  12. foulmouthed mrscreant

    [re=458940]Neilist[/re]: She never had a tail, guess you didn’t read the stolen excerpt that she doesn’t believe humans evolved (from anything). Well she clearly hasn’t.

  13. Alaskan Diva

    [re=458932]Bruno[/re]: Many years with the Feds taught me that, for formal writing/verbal and addressing purposes, two titles are never supposed to have a “former” in front of them: “President” and “Governor.” So, once a Governor, always a Governor…technically.

  14. S.Luggo

    HarperCollins is a feifdom of News Corps, the bastion of journalistic expression. No wonder New Corps is pissed.

    HC’s biggest money maker in recent years has been the Lemony Snicket’s series. So what did you expect?

    [re=458945]GreatGrey[/re]: 4. If the potential market is vast Wonkette trucknutz readership, therefore HC might have a case.

  15. DoctorCulturae

    I call BS. I bet RegneryPub would love you to copy some of Carrie Prejean’s book. There’s no down side to this for them.

    Hm, in fact, Jim? We Wonketeers luvs to trope on source text. it’s like the smell of napalm in the morning.

  16. shadowMark

    Daniel Ellsberg turns over the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times.

    Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward bring down a president.

    Bloggers piss off a crazy Alaskan lady.

    Yeah the current generation must feel so proud to be making the history they’re making. No wonder kids are all emo walking around in scarves.

  17. RoscoePColtraine

    Sarah doesn’t like it when people laugh at her. Why is she always being laughed at? In just two more days, we will have enough material to keep us howling for years.

    Wait for it, wait for it….

  18. depraved indifference engine

    HarperCollins: IM IN YUR CACHE, CLEARIN OUR YUR FILEZ!

    Either that, or Jim was bluffing.

  19. Sleeves

    [re=458966]Yoko Ono[/re]:

    Actually, we tried to sign her. Because différance being: If there’s going to be a Leona Iacocca in lumpenbourgeoisie propaganda, I want own it.

  20. JGB

    So in one day, the Redkins win *and* we find out Sarah Palin used white out on the bill for her abortion? There just might be hope for the GOP yet. I am gonna go buy a lottery ticket.

  21. Bruno

    [re=458975]JGB[/re]: I wonder if her abortion was paid for by some socialist taxpayer-funded healthcare plan?

  22. Aflac Shrugged

    Infringing the copyright’s something to worry about, certainly, but I’d be more concerned about a class-action lawsuit brought by Wonkette posters who suffer precipitous and irreversible brain damage from reading the excerpts.

    The page where she talks about how she has ironically embodied Change since forever? It’s like a three-day whiskey binge capped off by helmet-less football, followed by ICU recovery with a television playing nothing but Adam Sandler movies.

  23. Sleeves

    [re=458978]Aflac Shrugged[/re]: Well, it won’t subtract a year from your life no matter what your doctor said.

  24. foulmouthed mrscreant

    I wonder if posting quotes from refrigerator magnets and billboards (not to mention the bible) can be considered copyright infringement?

  25. Berkeley Bear

    You can actually rip off the substance of a work in a page or two – famously, in the case of Ford’s biography, excerpting just the stuff about pardoning Nixon was enough. But here, the pages just show a complete void, so they don’t so much capture the essence as they reveal it as nonexistence.

    In support of the fair use defense, there’s also the fact the uses the pages were put to seem to be classic criticism, and done for non-commercial purposes (or at least as non-commercial as any other critic’s publication). People routinely misuse the fair use defense (and if anyone were to scan, say, all the pages and put them up without permission it would be a problem), but this seems a pretty solid case. The real complaint of HC is that its embargo wasn’t honored by some bookstores and deflating their pitch/buzz efforts (which is a different issue than copyright).

    Worth noting they aren’t claiming the pages aren’t accurate, or some other book – so the horror show we’ve been reading for days has all been real (I had hoped so, but worried it was all a beautiful hoax).

  26. chascates

    Fine. I’ll just take my Sharpie into the book store and enter in some of the comments we’ve posted here in the appropriate spots.

    Sarah Palin is the future of the GOP. It’ll go out with a whimper, not a bang.

  27. Fly Over Girl

    [re=458949]S.Luggo[/re]: Having seen the book live & in person … there ain’t no fucking index.

  28. chascates

    [re=458955]Alaskan Diva[/re]: Now you’re in trouble for posting their letter:
    “CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This E-Mail is intended only for the use of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you have received this communication in error, please do not distribute and delete the original message. Please notify the sender by E-Mail at the address shown. Thank you for your compliance.”

  29. NYNYNY

    [re=458958]Alaskan Diva[/re]: Of course if you become something obviously more important, then you go to that title. If Governor Palin becomes president, we’d call her President Palin forever after and if she became mayor of some place bigger than Alaska, say, Akron, she’d be Mayor Palin forever.

  30. Fly Over Girl

    [re=458993]Berkeley Bear[/re]: Ah, the Going Rogue embargo was nothing close to something like say … Harry Potter. HarperCollins did not require any signed and faxed contracts of “if you put this on the floor or let it out of the box, your store is screwed.” They also did not require it from a middle man wholesaler to a book store like Harry Potter did.

    With Harry Potter, stores were not supposed to crack open the cartons/event break the tape.

    With Sarah Palin, it’s a little more like a new John Grisham. Yeah, go ahead and unpack it and stack it in your back room — just don’t let any out of your secured back room before Tuesday.

  31. Sleeves

    [re=458998]Fly Over Girl[/re]: Ha ha, an index. :)

    (I expect that Fly Over Girl could make an index, concordance, and that…while GATE is still initializing its ISO fancyJava.)

  32. shadowMark

    [re=458993]Berkeley Bear[/re]: It sounds like fair use so it’s sad Jim took down the pages but I know that any legal action is a tribulation so I don’t blame anyone for watching their ass. It does make for an interesting comparison. Meghan McCain just had her Mom yell at us. Palin has her publisher turn their lawyers on bloggers. Meghan is cooler than Sarah. With all the people Sarah knows she couldn’t find ONE PERSON to yell at people for her, she had to get lawyers to yell at people for her. FWIW, Mike Royko used to say that in the old days politicians took a kind of pride in ignoring the media. Royko said with all the stuff he wrote about Mayor Daley, whenever anybody asked Daley for his reaction to a Royko column, Daley would reply, “Who? Royko? Who’s that?”

  33. RoscoePColtraine

    [re=459002]Fly Over Girl[/re]: I can’t recall, did Bloomsbury mark the price down 69% on Harry Potter during the pre-release? That might be one other difference.

  34. Sleeves

    [re=458999]chascates[/re]: Yep, the ludicrous, received as standard. Depends on a recipient that just doesn’t get ‘confidence’.

  35. Fly Over Girl

    [re=459007]Sleeves[/re]: Ha. If only you knew. I’m so psychotic about data and cross-referencing, it’s not even funny. Although I’m not certain what one would index in Going Rogue.

    [re=459009]RoscoePColtraine[/re]: Well, I’d love a good 69 with Ron and Hermoine, but even Walmart did not go that low on Harry Potter. I wonder who’s taking the loss leader on Palin, if it’s the retail store or publisher?

  36. Thatcher

    Did anyone click through the babygate link? She wholly contradicts her version of her pregnancy that she told to Vanity Fair. Why doesn’t someone write down this woman’s lies for her to review? Is she expected to simply remember them all? Jeez.

  37. NYNYNY

    In her memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life, Sarah Palin mocks the “political buckshot” her “critics fired” at her, pointing to a “Democrat lawmaker” in Alaska who “complained that I wasn’t as ‘sparky’ ” after the 2008 election. Palin appeared to be referring to a January 31 Associated Press article that quoted Republican Alaska state Sen. Bert Stedman describing Palin as “[n]ot so sparky.”

    -Media Matters.

    Outsparkin’ The Life of Mark Sanford
    By Mark Sanford with Bert Stedman.

  38. Lemming Caution

    [re=458993]Berkeley Bear[/re]: Yeah, the Gerald Ford case was larger passages, and it was really more about breaking the embargo and “scooping” the publisher – these very brief passages are a lot shorter, and being put through a lot more criticism. This is classic fair use.

  39. shadowMark

    [re=459030]Thatcher[/re]: Why doesn’t someone write down this woman’s lies for her to review?

    Is it possible she is carefully constructed and the “lies” are calculated examples of “cognitive dissonance” designed to string along people with no memory and, at the same time, give careful observers the satisfaction of “catching” her in a gaffe with the end result being that the dumb people come back for more dumb and the smart people come back to feel smart? Could someone be that tricky?

  40. foulmouthed mrscreant

    [re=459031]NYNYNY[/re]: She’s always confusin’ the republican haters with the pesky democrats. Maybe, someday, she will
    Oh nevermind
    Eat moose, it’s what’s for dinner. And typos suck, especially on medical bills.

  41. Sleeves

    [re=459037]shadowMark[/re]: How to pare candatates: Where description looks post hoc, you got it. Edward Bernays or somesuch.

  42. Mickey7

    In the Babygate section of the website you linked to there was an odd and unnecessary explanation of the medical bill received after Sarah’s miscarriage. She claims that the original bill stated “abortion” as the diagnosis and that it was covered by white-out and rewritten to indicate “miscarriage” by the hospital. It’s not likely that a hospital would use white-out rather than just reprint a corrected bill, but then again, this is rural Alaska, so maybe that’s how they do things. More surprising is how incredibly ignorant this woman is. The technical medical term for a miscarriage is ‘spontaneous abortion.’ There’s no moral connotation to it–that’s just what it’s called and it would have been the correct diagnosis (which is needed for a billing code to get reimbursement). Unless the Palin’s offered strong objections based on their ignorance of the terminology, there would have been no reason for the hospital to change it. Sounds like another stupid, pointless lie from SP.

  43. proudgrampa

    [re=458945]GreatGrey[/re]: I call bullshit! This woman’s lies need to be SHUT DOWN!

    Where do I send my money for the Wonkette Defense Fund?

  44. DoctorCulturae

    [re=459037]shadowMark[/re]: Ab-so-lutely she is that tricky. Mark Twain would have a field day with her.

  45. BerkeleyFarm

    [re=458955]Alaskan Diva[/re]: Greetings Diva! Keep up the great work. So is the rumor true that you Alaskan Bloggers don’t get as much print space in “the book” as you occupy in Sarah’s head?

    The fact that the Wonkette did not get said letter means that they didn’t do something smart like set up a spider search. Someone had been told to monitor your blogs because you, well, hold Sarah to her bullshit all the time. Sort of like how Van Flea worked the holiday weekend to hassle Shannyn, who was specifically targeted.

    It wouldn’t hold up in a court of law, but they’re working on the intimidation factor.

  46. BerkeleyFarm

    [re=458958]Alaskan Diva[/re]: True. However, Megamouth’s constant referral to her as “the Governor” is flat-out wrong. :)

  47. badmuthagoose

    [re=459064]Mickey7[/re]: This is fascinating to me and you really hit the nail on the head. The first time I saw the term was in my own medical records. I was 23 and startled by it, because I didn’t know “spontaneous abortion” was the medical term. But having more than three brain cells to rub together, I deduced pretty quickly that “miscarriage” wasn’t the more accurate term and this was. It does sound like a rather stupid and pointless lie. Too bad many people won’t get it.

  48. ShiningMathPath

    [re=459087]badmuthagoose[/re]: especially strange since the whiting out in question was under “procedure”, not “diagnosis”. The “procedure” she had was by no stretch of the imagination a “miscarriage”.

  49. chascates

    Latest comment from Palin’s Facebook page:
    “Imagine that – 11 AP reporters dedicating time and resources to tearing up the book.”

    Factoid added by TheHill.com:
    “The Associated Press employs roughly 4,100 journalists around the globe.”

    Comment to TheHill.com’s article by Palin fan:
    “Three percent of the AP’s global workforce was assigned to read Mrs. Palin’s book. That’s a lot of attention for a private citizen.”

    MATH FAIL

  50. gurukalehuru

    [re=459099]chascates[/re]: They just mixed up a third of a percent with three percent. Happens to me all the time.

    I do, however, take exception to the line “That’s a lot of attention for a private citizen.” Private citizen, my ass.

  51. JGB

    lemme just say, after reading at that site…I think she had an abortion. Straight up, no miscarriage, she had an abortion.

    That white out story is BS. The miscarriage is BS.

    She had a real abortion, one she wanted. She is lying about it being a miscarriage.

    And there is paperwork somewhere to prove it, so she starts talking about WiteOut.

    If you believe her miscarriage story in regards to her abortion bill, what won’t you believe, ya know?

    And she also faked that pregnancy with he last baby, Trig.

    John McCain is a fukstik for foisting this woman on the USA.

  52. x111e7thst

    [re=459099]chascates[/re]: No fair. You are demanding an advanced knowledge of Mathematik Science, along with Kosigns and Functions Trigonometrik of people. And you don’t even leave them time to take off their shoes for help in undersanding the bigger numbers.

  53. huli

    I agree JGB. The day-after-maccain-clinches-nomination pregnancy announcement is the key. The little angel didn’t drop from heaven to protect a pregnant daughter – he’s cover for the white out story.

  54. Thatcher

    The only reason I believe she may have given birth to Trig is that Levi would have already sold that story for a double wide and TruckNutz if he could have.

  55. S.Luggo

    [re=458998]Fly Over Girl[/re]: My suggestion about the publishing Going Gaga’s index is called sarcasm.

    In all seriousness though, just publish the book’s bibliography, Jim.

  56. WesternCorrespondent

    [re=459099]chascates[/re]: i:“Imagine that – 11 AP reporters dedicating time and resources to tearing up the book.”…“AP employs roughly 4,100 journalists around the globe.”…“Three percent of the AP’s global workforce was assigned to read Mrs. Palin’s book. That’s a lot of attention for a private citizen.”

    Must be another one of Palin’s legions of undereducated sycuphants, unable to do simple math (even on a calculator!) — 10% is 410; 1% is 41; 11 would be approximately one quarter of 1%.

  57. Atlas Spanked

    Here’s a copy of the deleted scans:

    “All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl. All work and no play makes Sarah a dull girl…”

    No wonder Harper Collins is pissed. Thanks for saving me, and the rest of the reading public, the cost of this book.

  58. Tundra Grifter

    [re=458940]Neilist[/re]: I just finished reading your post and “The Writer’s Almanac” came on NPR. Today (11/16) is the birthday of George S. Kaufman. Asked by a young PR person how he could get an actresses’ name in the newspapers of the day, Mr. Kaufman replied “Shoot her.”

    LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This is a humor post that does not advocate violence in any form against any person or persons, fictional or actual, living or dead.

  59. patrick12344

    Hi Wonkette,

    thanks a lot for linking to our blog! A lot of Wonkette-readers probably discovered Palingates for the first time. I am so thankful to Christopher Goff, Senior Vice President of Harper Collins, that he has graced us with his letter, thus greatly enlarging our readership. I am aware that the huge majority of the general public is not “prepared” yet for the fact that Sarah Palin has faked her pregnancy with Trig. It is a huge failure on part of the MSM that the pregnancy with Trig was treated as a taboo subject for more than a year now. But it is a fact that she has faked her pregnancy, as we know through reliable inside information. The story will break sooner or later – it will be a political earthquake.

  60. Lilybart

    The AP was trying to be kind by not making one poor soul read her “book” but divided it up so they all only had to read one chapter.

    and that is why there were 11 because they wanted a FAST fact check so they divided the work so they could scoop the story

    IF she had actually studied Journalism at Idaho Potato U, she would know that.

  61. Neilist

    [re=459296]Tundra Grifter[/re]: I’m sort of like Garrison Kellor, Tundra. You know: Tall, drawling, dopey looking, very heavily armed.

    Well, maybe not that last bit.

    No red socks, though. At least, not before I wade through the blood of the fallen.

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