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Why is Sarah Palin Being Sued for a 9/11 Photo?

North Jersey Media Group Inc. has filed suit against Sarah Palin and her political action committee, alleging that SarahPAC used an iconic September 11th photo without permission.

The photo appeared on SarahPAC’s website and Facebook page under the words “We Will Never Forget,” though the image is no longer on either site. The group seeks to stop Palin from using the photo, and asks for damages as well.

“It’s important to enforce our copyright on this iconic photo,” said Jennifer Borg, North Jersey Media Group’s general counsel. “When neither Ms. Palin nor her PAC responded to our demand letter to remove the photo, we were left with no choice but to seek redress through the courts.”

In the photo, three fireman raise an American flag over the debris of the World Trade Center towers, drawing comparisons to the famous photo of American servicemen hoisting a flag at Iwo Jima. The photo was taken by Thomas Franklin, then of the New Jersey paper the Record, who hurried to the site after the attacks and snapped numerous photos that would ultimately get him shortlisted for the Pulizter Prize.

[h/t CNN]

[Image via screengrab]

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