Quentin Tarantino has filed a copyright lawsuit against Gawker Media for allegedly facilitating the dissemination of copies of his unproduced script,The Hateful Eight.
Soon afterwards, Gawker’s Defamer blog linked to the 146-page script under a post titled, “Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script.”
Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people’s rights to make a buck,” says Tarantino’s lawsuit, a copy of which was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “This time, they went too far. 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.”
The lawsuit, filed by attorneys Martin Singer andEvan Spiegel at Lavely & Singer in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, emphasizes the whereabouts of the script.
According to the complaint, “Their headline boasts… ‘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 the invitation to ‘Enjoy!’ it.”
“The reason for the Copyright Act is to protect against the Defendants’ conduct,” states Tarantino’s lawsuit, which demands actual and statutory damages as well as Gawker’s profits in the amount of at least $1 million.
A spokesperson for Gawker says the company hasn’t received the lawsuit yet.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter