Quentin Tarantino — the man responsible for bringing us great films like Reservoir Dogs and awful films like Death Proof — is suing Gawker Media.
According to Deadline, Tarantino filed a legal complaint against Gawker for posting a link to the leaked script to The Hateful Eight, a western Tarantino was planning to release. Tarantino announced that he was canceling the film because someone made the script public, so naturally he’s mad at Gawker too.
Tarantino’s complaint charges Gawker with copyright infringement and contributory copyright infringement. Here’s a snippet from the filing, in which Gawker is labeled as “predatory journalism:”
Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people’s right to make a buck. This time they’ve gone 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. Their headline boasts, ‘Here is the leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script’ —here, not someplace else, but ‘here’ on the Gawker website. The article then contains multiple direct links for downloading the entire screenplay through a conveniently anonymous URL by simply clicking button-links on the Gawker page, and brazenly encourages Gawker visitors to read the screenplay illegally with an invitation to ‘enjoy’ it. There was nothing newsworthy or journalistic about Gawker Media facilitating and encouraging the public’s violation of Plaintiff’s copyright in the screenplay, and its conduct will not shield Gawker Media from liability for their unlawful activity.