You’ll be hard pressed to convince Sarah Palin fans that a publishers decision to sue the former Alaska governor over the use of an iconic photograph to commemorate 9/11 is anything other than a crass political move.
The photograph depicts three gritty firefighters, covered in soot, hoisting the flag while standing amid the ruins of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Copies of the image were posted on Palin’s Facebook page and on the SarahPac web site, as documented in a complaint filed Friday.
The image was taken by a photographer working for The Record, a newspaper published by North Jersey Media Group, which is suing Palin and SarahPAC over use of the photo, the Alaska Dispatch reported.
North Jersey Media Group alleges copyright infringement, accusing Palin and her political action committee of using the photograph without permission in a complaint filed Friday in federal court in Manhattan.
The publisher seeks a court order barring Palin and SarahPAC from using the image.
According to the Alaska Dispatch, as of Friday afternoon, the post that used the image had been removed from Palin’s Facebook page.