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Gawker, HarperCollins resolve copyright suit over Palin’s book

Website has agreed to keep material off its website and not post it again in the future

US book publisher HarperCollins on Tuesday reached an agreement the Manhattan media news and gossip site Gawker and has resolved the lawsuit it filed against the site on Friday over unauthorised posting of pages from its unpublished book.

The site had posted leaked images from the publisher's new book "America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag" written by US politician Sarah Palin, last weekend even before the book was officially released on Tuesday.

In settling the case, Gawker has agreed to keep the posted material off its web site and not to post the material again in the future.

The publisher, who had sought significant financial damages earlier this week, said it was "gratified" that it resolved the dispute this way. HarperCollins did not reveal if it managed to get any compensation for the copyright infringement.

"HarperCollins does welcome public commentary on its books so long as any book content is utilised in a manner that is consistent with the law," the publisher said in a statement.