Statement by Martin Garbus, Attorney for The Mitchell Trusts - Copyright Owner of 'Gone With The Wind'

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Mitchell Trusts

    ATLANTA, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued today
 by Martin Garbus, Attorney for The Mitchell Trusts:
 
     "We are pleased with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in
 refusing to grant an immediate appeal so that Houghton Mifflin could
 distribute 'The Wind Done Gone' by May 5th.  Instead they set a faster
 briefing schedule which will probably result in a decision this June or July,"
 said Martin Garbus, attorney for the Mitchell Trusts, copyright owner of
 Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone With the Wind,' in response to the court's decision
 today to consider the publishing company's appeal to overturn last Friday's
 ruling preventing the publication of author Alice Randall's book.  "Clearly
 this is evidence of how the 11th Circuit views this case -- not as a First
 Amendment issue (in which case Houghton Mifflin would have won) but strictly a
 case of copyright infringement.  The restraining order against the publication
 of Ms. Randall's book is in effect and we look forward to winning this case in
 the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal in Atlanta.  If Houghton Mifflin expects to
 go to the U.S. Supreme Court, we expect to be successful there as well."
 
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SOURCE The Mitchell Trusts
    ATLANTA, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued today
 by Martin Garbus, Attorney for The Mitchell Trusts:
 
     "We are pleased with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in
 refusing to grant an immediate appeal so that Houghton Mifflin could
 distribute 'The Wind Done Gone' by May 5th.  Instead they set a faster
 briefing schedule which will probably result in a decision this June or July,"
 said Martin Garbus, attorney for the Mitchell Trusts, copyright owner of
 Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone With the Wind,' in response to the court's decision
 today to consider the publishing company's appeal to overturn last Friday's
 ruling preventing the publication of author Alice Randall's book.  "Clearly
 this is evidence of how the 11th Circuit views this case -- not as a First
 Amendment issue (in which case Houghton Mifflin would have won) but strictly a
 case of copyright infringement.  The restraining order against the publication
 of Ms. Randall's book is in effect and we look forward to winning this case in
 the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal in Atlanta.  If Houghton Mifflin expects to
 go to the U.S. Supreme Court, we expect to be successful there as well."
 
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