Quentin Tarantino Suing Gawker Media For Posting Leaked The Hateful Eight Script

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Quentin Tarantino has filed a lawsuit against Gawker Media for encouraging readers to download his leaked movie script for The Hateful Eight via a link posted on its Defamer website.

The filmmaker recently said he was shelving plans to produce the original Western after a copy of the screenplay was leaked last week.

Tarantino insisted he only gave it to a handful of agents and actors, and was furious that the draft spread beyond that small group.

Now he’s even more mad that a version was posted online, with Gawker providing a link to readers to read the whole 146-page script.

In court papers filed on Monday, Tarantino’s attorney Marty Singer writes, “Rather than merely publishing a news story reporting that Plaintiff’s screenplay may have been circulating in Hollywood without his permission, Gawker Media crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire screenplay illegally.”

Singer notes, “Their headline boasts, ‘Here is the leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script’ — here, not someplace else, but ‘here’ on the Gawker website. The article then contains multiple direct links for downloading the entire screenplay through a conveniently anonymous URL by simply clicking button-links on the Gawker page, and brazenly encourages Gawker visitors to read the screenplay illegally with an invitation to ‘enjoy’ it.”

It’s further claimed that Gawker refused to take down its post or link, despite Tarantino’s team’s pleading, notes the lawsuit, which alleges the Internet company is guilty of contributory copyright infringement.

As a result of “irreparable harm,” Tarantino is seeking at least $2 million in damages through a jury trial.

Gawker says it will fight the suit.

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