Quentin Tarantino Sues Gawker for Leaked Script

The gossip website Gawker has been handed a lawsuit for linking readers to a leaked copy of the screenwriter’s latest movie, The Hateful Eight.

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Quentin Tarantino Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Variety

Things are about to get ugly for the folks over at Gawker.

Quentin Tarantino has served the gossip and news website with a lawsuit for a post that linked readers to a leaked copy of the screenwriter’s latest film project, The Hateful Eight, the Associated Press reports.

The lawsuit accuses Gawker Media LLC of contributory copyright infringement for linking to the script of the yet-to-come film last week. The link is still active, despite calls from Tarantino’s lawyers to remove it, the suit said.

“There was nothing newsworthy or journalistic about Gawker Media facilitating and encouraging the public’s violation of [Tarantino’s] copyright in the screenplay, and its conduct will not shield Gawker Media from liability for their unlawful activity,” the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit argues that Gawker linking to the site allowed more people to find the script and infringe the Oscar winner’s copyright.

However, Editor-in-Chief John Cook said that the company is going to fight the suit, pointing out that they were being sued for posting a link to the 146-page script, and not the actual script itself.

“News of the fact that it existed on the Internet advanced a story that Tarantino himself had launched, and our publication of the link was a routine and unremarkable component of our job: making people aware of news and information about which they are curious,” Cook said.

The file-sharing site that was linked in Gawker’s post is also being sued for copyright infringement.