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Tuesday, January 28,2014

Tarentino sues Gawker over leaked script

Seeks $1 million in damages

By Josh Gross

The BBC is reporting that Quentin Tarentino is sueing Gawker Media for posting a link to access the leaked script for his screenplay, The Hateful Eight.

From the article...

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

The lawsuit also alleges the leak was originally only limited to a few people, 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."

The lawsuit seeks a cool million bucks.

Gawker, for its part, replied with its typical lack of tack or self-awareness, doubling down on the post with an Editor's note claiming that posting a link is not the same as leaking, and insinuating that Tarentino wanted the script leaked as part of a marketing plan.

Read the full story here.

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