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Quentin Tarantino sues website over leaked script

Quentin Tarantino Is Really Angry About His Script Leaking

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Quentin Tarantino sued the news and gossip website Gawker on Monday over a post that directed readers to a leaked copy of the Oscar-winning screenwriter's latest movie.

Tarantino's lawsuit accuses Gawker Media LLC of copyright infringement for posting a link to the 146-page script for a planned film titled "The Hateful Eight" last week. A link to the script was posted on Gawker's Defamer blog and remained active on Monday afternoon, despite demands from Tarantino's lawyers to take it down, the lawsuit states.

"There was nothing newsworthy or journalistic about Gawker Media facilitating and encouraging the public's violation of (Tarantino's) copyright in the Screenplay, and it's conduct will not shield Gawker Media from liability for their unlawful activity," the lawsuit states.

An email sent to Gawker seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Tarantino blasted the leak last week in an interview with Deadline.com and said he would abandon the project as a film. His lawsuit states he planned to publish the screenplay and that practice in the past has earned him hefty royalties and advances. His lawsuit states his damages as a result of the Gawker post will be more than $1 million.

The leak of Tarantino's script was initially limited to a few people, his lawsuit states, and "The Hateful Eight" script did not appear online until after Gawker posted an item encouraging anyone who had a copy to leak it to them.

Tarantino has won screenwriting two Academy Awards for his films "Pulp Fiction" and "Django Unchained." He also received best director Oscar nominations for "Pulp Fiction" and "Inglourious Basterds."

In October 2012, former wrestler and reality TV star Hulk Hogan sued Gawker after it posted a video of him having sex with the wife of his best friend. The site complied with a judge's order in April to remove the video, but left a story and reader comments on its site.

Tarantino's lawsuit was first reported Monday by The Hollywood Reporter.

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philipcamara January 27 2014 at 8:17 PM

quentin why dont you unchain django and have him take care of the leakers ? that man is BAD

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jimmyv2222 January 27 2014 at 7:48 PM

So why sue Gawker? sue the person that leaked it

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spdy65 January 27 2014 at 7:48 PM

Ok so why is the focus on Gawker and not on who gave them the information? Who originally posted the script?

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Shane spdy65 January 27 2014 at 7:57 PM

Hey brudda, suppsedly only three people had the script, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and one other. Quentin swears it wasn't Roth so it has to be one of the two. Hate to say it but it looks like Madsen was the one who leaked it. Pretty crappy after all Trantino has done for him if so. You're right though, Gawker isn't the one to blame, the leaker is!

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max13722 Shane January 27 2014 at 8:17 PM

Quentins camps suspects Bruce Derns agents.

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Higher Land January 27 2014 at 8:12 PM

Like him or not, copyright laws are in place for good reason.

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Steve Schiffman Higher Land January 27 2014 at 8:21 PM

Look at the US copyright laws and quote the section which allegedly infringed by the website? Did they publish the leaked script? Blame those who leaked the script; not those who later on read it the script.

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slanted mofo Steve Schiffman January 27 2014 at 8:48 PM

Contributory copyright infringement occurs by "intentionally inducing or encouraging direct infringement" of a copyrighted work. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd, 545 U.S. 913, (2005).

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Brian Workman Steve Schiffman January 27 2014 at 8:53 PM

Read the article!?!?!?!!

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Steve January 28 2014 at 12:22 AM

I never saw it, but it sounds like the leak was more of a dribble. Ho hum.

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Kenny January 28 2014 at 12:14 AM

big deal........get a life.... a real one

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JIM January 27 2014 at 6:04 PM

Don't know what type of suit he would actually win. They did not make money for the script, and it does not sound like they were the ones who published it online. They just made a link to go to the site. He should be more interested in who leaked the script, but it was probably himself in the first place trying to build up some type of hype that backfired on him. Plus who cares about Hogan, and it was a real video of a loser having sex with his so called best friend's wife. With friends like Hogan, who needs the cops to come and help.

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brettlosey20 JIM January 27 2014 at 6:37 PM

it doesn't matter, remember napster???

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Kate January 27 2014 at 5:46 PM

He has every right to sue Gawker. The script is copyrighted material and they emphatically did not have his permission to provide a link to it.

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SpiritUSA January 27 2014 at 10:31 PM

Damn those leaks ...

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nojohnnyno January 27 2014 at 8:51 PM

Basterds is not a word

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ffjsb nojohnnyno January 27 2014 at 8:57 PM

Actually yes it is, it's a proper noun in it's usage.

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hoofus42 ffjsb January 27 2014 at 9:38 PM

Yes, but it's spelled with an "a", not an "e" as in the Tarantino film.

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ashleytracyyy nojohnnyno January 27 2014 at 9:35 PM

Neither is "spys" **sigh....***

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