Quentin Tarantino is suing Gawker.com over “contributory violation of copyright”

Posted Jan 28, 2014

Quentin Tarantino, the popular director behind movies like Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction, and the Kill Bill films is suing Gawker because his screenplay was leaked on the website for one of his latest planned movies. Tarantino decided to scrap the plans to film “The Hateful Eight” as his next project because of Gawker’s “predatory journalism.”

“This action is necessitated by Gawker Media’s and the other defendants’ blatant copyright infringement by their promotion and dissemination of unauthorized downloadable copies of the leaked unreleased complete screenplay,” states 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.”

The screenplay was posted on ANONFILES.com and was cited by Gawker.com. Gawker said that they did not leak the screenplay, but simply linked to where it was posted online. Gawker accused Tarantino of turning the leaked screenplay into a story. Tarantino told Deadline.com that the screenplay was leaked by one of six people that he shared it with.

Tarantino is seeking at least $1 million for copyright violation by the person that published it online and $1 million from Gawker for a “contributory violation of copyright.”

Gawker wrote a response online on Monday saying that they did not leak the screenplay.

“Someone unknown to Gawker put it on a web site called AnonFiles, and someone unknown to Gawker put it on a different web site called Scribd. Last Thursday, Gawker received a tip from a reader informing us that the script was on the AnonFiles site, after which Gawker published a story reporting that the script had surfaced online,” wrote Gawker’s John Cook in a blog post.

Cook added that contributory infringement is a legal theory that has been deployed against file-sharing sites and search engines. “We’ll be fighting this one,” Cook wrote.

[Source: Yahoo! News]