Houghton Mifflin Files Motion for Expedited Appeal

Publishing Company Believes it Has The Right to Publish Book



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Houghton Mifflin

    BOSTON, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Houghton Mifflin said it filed a motion
 for an expedited appeal today with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in
 Atlanta to overturn last Friday's ruling preventing the publication of The
 Wind Done Gone.
     "We stand by our belief that Alice Randall's work is a political parody
 and that the publication of The Wind Done Gone is proper under the fair use
 doctrine of the Copyright Act and the First Amendment. We stand by Alice
 Randall's right to tell her story," said Wendy Strothman, Executive Vice
 President, Trade and Reference Division Houghton Mifflin Company.
     Earlier this month, attorneys for the Mitchell Trusts filed a lawsuit in
 Atlanta to stop the publication of Randall's book, claiming it violates their
 copyright of Gone With the Wind. On Friday, April 20, a federal judge granted
 the Mitchell Trusts a preliminary injunction.
     Houghton Mifflin is a leading publisher of textbooks, instructional
 technology, assessments and other educational materials for elementary and
 secondary schools and colleges. The Company also publishes an extensive line
 of reference works and fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers.
 The Company's Internet site can be found at www.hmco.com.
 
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    BOSTON, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Houghton Mifflin said it filed a motion
 for an expedited appeal today with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in
 Atlanta to overturn last Friday's ruling preventing the publication of The
 Wind Done Gone.
     "We stand by our belief that Alice Randall's work is a political parody
 and that the publication of The Wind Done Gone is proper under the fair use
 doctrine of the Copyright Act and the First Amendment. We stand by Alice
 Randall's right to tell her story," said Wendy Strothman, Executive Vice
 President, Trade and Reference Division Houghton Mifflin Company.
     Earlier this month, attorneys for the Mitchell Trusts filed a lawsuit in
 Atlanta to stop the publication of Randall's book, claiming it violates their
 copyright of Gone With the Wind. On Friday, April 20, a federal judge granted
 the Mitchell Trusts a preliminary injunction.
     Houghton Mifflin is a leading publisher of textbooks, instructional
 technology, assessments and other educational materials for elementary and
 secondary schools and colleges. The Company also publishes an extensive line
 of reference works and fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers.
 The Company's Internet site can be found at www.hmco.com.
 
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