Sarah Palin, the GOP candidate for vice-president in 2008, and...

Sarah Palin, the GOP candidate for vice-president in 2008, and former Alaska governor speaks in Washington. (Feb. 11, 2012) Credit: AP

A northern New Jersey media company on Friday sued Sarah Palin and her political action committee for copyright infringement for using an iconic Sept. 11 picture to raise money without permission.

North Jersey Media Group, owner of the Record and the Herald News, said its now-famous picture of three firefighters raising an American flag on the World Trade Center was posted on the website of SarahPAC and on Palin's Facebook page.

The Manhattan federal court lawsuit says that by using the picture "to promote Sarah Palin and to raise money for SarahPAC" the former Republican vice-presidential nominee has "irreparably damaged" the newspaper company.

The lawsuit said the copyright on the photo was registered in October 2001. It seeks an injunction and money damages from Palin.

On Friday, a Sept. 11 tweet from Palin on the SarahPAC website linked to the photo. The PAC did not respond to phone and email messages seeking comment.

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