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[Gossip] UPDATED: Quentin Tarantino Sues Gawker Over Leaking His Script For The Hateful Eight
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.27.2014

UPDATE: John Cook of Gawker has posted a response to Quentin Tarantino following Tarantino's lawsuit contributory copyright infringement suit over the Hateful Eight script being posted. Cook said in his response:

Someone unknown to Gawker put [the screenplay] on a web site called AnonFiles, and someone unknown to Gawker put it on a different web site called Scribd. Last Thursday, Gawker received a tip from a reader informing us that the script was on the AnonFiles site, after which Gawker published a story reporting that the script had surfaced online.

Contributory infringement is a legal theory that has traditionally been deployed against file-sharing sites and search engines -- venues that explicitly exist as directories to copyrighted content. Gawker and Defamer are news sites, and our publication of the link was clearly connected to our goal of informing readers about things they care about. As far as I can tell (but I'm no lawyer!), no claim of contributory infringement has prevailed in the U.S. over a news story. We'll be fighting this one.

Cook added in his response that Tarantino wanted the script to be published on the Internet. He cited Tarantino's quote from the original story, which reads, "I do like the fact that everyone eventually posts it, gets it and reviews it on the net." It is important to note, however, that Tarantino was referring to when a script leaks well into the shooting phase; not the development stage when casting and negotiations are still ongoing.

ORIGINAL: TMZ reports that Quentin Tarantino is suing the website Gawker for posting a link to his script The Hateful Eight after it leaked online last week. Instead of just reporting on the story, Tarantino claims the website "went out of its way" to publish the script and encouraged its audience to read it illegally. He is suing for copyright infringement.

The lawsuit reads: "Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people's rights to make a buck ... This time they went too far."

Gawker's no stranger to lawsuits. Hulk Hogan sued them last year for $100 million for leaking part of his sex take. Lena Dunham was also angry when they leaked her book proposal.


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