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Printer Sues Over Accidental Nudes Computer Magazine

April 30, 1987

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) _ A printing company filed a defamation suit against a publisher that said nude photographs from a Playboy magazine had been inserted in its computer publication.

QuadGraphics Inc. filed the suit Tuesday in Circuit Court against Patch Communications Inc., in Titusville, Fla., which publishes PC Clones.

Last week Patch announced that 24 pages from an issue of Playboy, including photos of Miss May, had been inserted into some of its magazines.

QuadGraphics, which also prints and binds Playboy, did not deny that a mixup occured but maintained that only a handful of copies of PC Clones was affected. Only two copies have been found, the suit said.

Patch Communications’ statements implied ″that the number of copies was significant and that the problem was widespread,″ the suit said.

But Richard Govatski, Patch Communications group publisher, said his company had indicated that a limited number of magazines with the nude photos had been distributed.

″But even if it’s only one copy that offended someone, it’s our reputation, it’s our company that’s subjected to ridicule,″ Govatski said Wednesday in an interview.

Patch had distributed 100,000 copies to newstands nationwide and had no way of determining the extent of the problem, he said.

″We’re the victims, not the binding company,″ Govatski said.

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