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Information About Suntrust Bank v. Houghton Mifflin Company

April 26, 2001

Contact: Patti Embry-Tautenhan
BSMG Worldwide

Houghton Mifflin launches informational web site about lawsuit

BOSTON - Due to the enormous public interest in the controversy surrounding the legal battle over The Wind Done Gone, Houghton Mifflin announced today a web site that will provide information and legal documents about the case. The Internet site can be found at www.thewinddonegone.com.

"Given the attention this case has generated, we felt a website that provided up-to-the-minute news, information and materials would be the best way to respond," said Wendy Strothman, Executive Vice President, Trade and Reference Division Houghton Mifflin Company.

Attorneys for the Mitchell Trusts filed a lawsuit in March in federal court in Atlanta to stop the publication of Alice Randall's book The Wind Done Gone. The suit claims Randall's book violates their copyright of Gone With the Wind. Houghton Mifflin argues that the book is a political parody and that its publication is proper under the fair use doctrine of the Copyright Act and the First Amendment. Although a federal judge granted the Mitchell Trusts a preliminary injunction on April 20, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said yesterday it would hear Houghton Mifflin's appeal.

The web site features legal documents filed in Atlanta by both sides of the case.

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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Suntrust Bank v. Houghton Mifflin Company Court Papers

Houghton Mifflin Company's Press Statements

Questions and Answers about this dispute
Letter of Support
List of Authors
Biography of Alice Randall

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