Quentin Tarantino has withdrawn his copyright infringement suit against Gawker Media, a week after accusing the media company of direct copyright infringement of his leaked script for “The Hateful Eight.”
In a filing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Tarantino’s attorneys said that the director “voluntarily dismisses the above-captioned action, in its entirety, without prejudice.”
Tarantino’s suit had asserted that Gawker infringed his copyright through its unauthorized download of a PDF copy of the screenplay.
However, the filing indicated that Tarantino may come back at Gawker again.
“This dismissal is made without prejudice, whereby Plaintiff may later advance an action and refile a complaint after further investigations to ascertain and plead the identities of additional infringers resulting from Gawker Media’s contributory copyright infringement, by its promotion, aiding and abetting and materially contributing to the dissemination to third-parties of unauthorized copies of Plaintiff’s copyrighted work,” it said.
The “Hateful Eight” legal saga dates back to January, when Tarantino sued Gawker over posting a story on its Defamer site titled “Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script” with a link to a third-party website hosting the 146-page script.
U.S. District Court Judge John F. Walter had tossed out Tarantino’s suit on April 22 but had also said he could refile the case by May 1. The judge had found that attorneys for Tarantino had failed to adequately plead facts “establishing direct infringement by a third party” or facts that would demonstrate that Gawker had either caused, induced or materially contributed to the alleged direct infringement.
On May 1, Tarantino re-filed the suit and alleged direct copyright infringement of his leaked script.
As for the project, Tarantino told a Los Angeles audience at an April 19 reading of the script that he was still working on “The Hateful Eight.”