Quentin Tarantino Is Suing Gawker Over That Script Leak

Quentin Tarantino
(Getty Images)We all know how much Quentin Tarantino loves a good revenge tale, and this time he's aiming his righteous fury at Gawker Media for linking to a copy of his leaked script for The Hateful Eight. When the script first leaked last week, Tarantino told Deadline.com he was "very, very depressed," and wouldn't be making the movie.

Two days later, Gawker posted an article titled, "Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script," with a link to the whole thing. Well they've definitely poked the bear. Instead of quietly writing a revenge fantasy about machine gunning the faces off Gawker's senior editorial staff, the Hollywood Reporter reports Tarantino has filed a suit seeking at least $1 million in damages.

According to the lawsuit: "Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people's rights to make a buck. 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 article in question is still, as of this writing, live on Defamer.com, and according to the lawsuit, Gawker has refused requests to remove it. So apparently they're ready for a court fight.

The whole thing is kind of messy because it's unclear whether it's illegal to link to copyrighted materials as opposed to just publishing them. The Hollywood Reporter gets into some of the legal precedents at play, but no matter how this plays out, Gawker is now officially on Tarantino's bad side.
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