Quentin Tarantino Withdraws Lawsuit Against Gawker Media
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.08.2014
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Quentin Tarantino has withdrawn a lawsuit against Gawker Media only a week after it looked like it was going to get worse. Tarantino sued in January and said Gawker had "crossed the journalistic line" by linking to his 146-page Hateful Eight script. The post's title was called "Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script."
The case was based on Tarantino's claim that Gawker committed copyright infringement by telling its readers where they could go to read the script, which was uploaded to a third-party storage site. Gawker's attorneys argued against the idea that someone reading the script was infringement and a judge agreed.
U.S. District Judge John F. Walter wrote: "Plaintiff's complaint fails to allege the identity of a single third-party infringer, the date, the time, or the details of a single instance of third-party infringement, or, more importantly, how Defendant allegedly caused, induced, or materially contributed to the infringement by those third parties.
The judge allowed Tarantino to change the suit. He then claimed that Gawker itself downloaded the script (as an unauthorized PDF copy) to its computers and committed the act directly. He claimed that Gawker solicited its readers before the original post and asked them to provide a copy, then fixed the post once a copy had been uploaded. Tarantino has now withdrawn the suit before Gawker could reply. It was withdrawn without prejudice, which means he can re-file if he wants later on.
The dismissal motion reads: "This dismissal is made without prejudice, whereby Plaintiff may later advance an action and refile a complaint after further investigations to ascertain and plead the identities of additional infringers resulting from Gawker Media's contributory copyright infringement, by its promotion, aiding and abetting and materially contributing to the dissemination to third-parties of unauthorized copies of Plaintiff's copyrighted work."