April 03, 1998 12:00 AM

The Internet auction site eBay has blocked the efforts of sellers trying to make hundreds of dollars on advance copies of Alice Randall’s controversial “Gone With the Wind” sequel “The Wind Done Gone,” which a U.S. District Court judge has barred from being published. eBay removed four copies of the book off its site on Wednesday after bidding reached a high of $485 for one copy, reports the Associated Press. Last week, jurist Charles Pannell ruled that Randall’s work constituted “unabated piracy” of Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 Civil War novel and, therefore, could not be published. Martin Garbus, a lawyer for the Margaret Mitchell Trust, told AP that it was he who he requested that eBay remove the books. “My fear,” he explained, “is that the whole book is going to end up published on the Internet.”

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