Tarantino first voiced his outrage to Deadline Hollywood about the script’s leak, declaring he would no longer make the film his next project. A few days later, Gawker posted the script on its site under the headline “Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script.”
At the time of this posting, the Gawker story remains up.
“Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people’s rights to make a buck. This time they went too far,” the suit states. “Rather than merely publishing a news story reporting that [Tarantino’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 suit cites multiple links for downloading the entire screenplay “through a conveniently anonymous URL by simply clicking button links on he Gawker page, and brazenly encourages Gawker visitors to read the screenplay illegally with the invitation to ‘Enjoy!’ it.”
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Tarantino’s copyright infringement claim is against John Doe defendants and anonfiles.com, an unknown entity that posted the screenplay.
His contributory infringement claim against Gawker Media contends that the site refused to remove the links to the screenplay after his attorneys gave them notice. “Gawker Media knowingly and actively acted as a promoter of copyright pirates, and, itself, did directly cause, contribute to, enable and facilitate copyright infringement,” Tarantino’s suit states.
Tarantino is seeking actual damages of at least $1 million in each of its infringement claims, as well as statutory and punitive damages and an injunction preventing Gawker from linking to the script.
Tarantino is represented by Martin Singer, Evan Spiegel and Henry Self at Lavely & Singer.
The lawsuit was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.