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Time Inc. vs. Gawker Re:Jolie-Pitts

The new parents made their first post baby appearance to thank the Namibia government. TMZ reports:

The couple thanked the government of Namibia for protecting their privacy during the birth of their first child together. "We have been able to have a very special, peaceful time for our family here, exploring your country and more importantly helping with the delivery of our daughter Shiloh," Pitt said to a room filled with local journalists. "So for that we are eternally grateful."

In other important Shiloh news, it seems that little picture of her is getting us small little media sites into a little trouble. Big old Time Inc. is picking on Gawker for showing a very small image of the Hello! cover. I love my People and do not want to get on their bad side so even though I know you all want to see little Shiloh, you'll have to buy your People this weekend or head on over to Gawker. While many sites took down the copyrighted photo, Gawker did not.

To read more about the back and forth with Gawker and the Time Inc. lawyers, read more

Time Inc. lawyer writes:

The Time Inc. Law Department is coordinating with the lawyers for Hello!. Matthew Higdon, who acts for Hello! in the UK, authorized me to inform you that under U.K. law there is not even a colorable claim that Gawker’s posting of the Hello! cover is within the bounds of “fair use.� As you know, the copyright law in the U.K. is much less flexible in this respect than the law of the U.S. Gawker can be sued in the U.S. by both Time Inc. and the publisher of Hello!

Hello! and Time Inc. are coordinating our pursuit of websites which have posted the Hello! cover. The first step is an notice, which is also the last step if the sites take the cover down immediately. If they do not, we are coordinating legal action.

I repeat my demand that Gawker take down the Hello! cover immediately.

Lockhart Steele writes back to their lawyer:

Pursuant to the Google Image Search standard of 150 pixels, I’ve had our editor resize the thumbnail appropriately.

We stand by our belief that the image, which we have never displayed outside the context of Hello’s treatment of it nor at anything larger than thumbnail size, is an important news media story that is within our rights to cover as part of our reporting on the celebrity media industry.

Well this should be interesting. Check out the whole story at gawker.

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