Quentin Tarantino Says Gawker Committed ‘Direct Copyright Infringement’

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Quentin Tarantino re-filed a lawsuit against Gawker, and the director is now claiming Gawker “committed direct copyright infringement,” the Hollywood Reporter reported.

As iMediaEthics has written, Tarantino sued Gawker Media in January over its Defamer blog’s report, “Here is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script.”

Gawker’s blog had published a link to the leaked script for the Hateful Eight, a script Tarantino had said he wouldn’t make into a movie after it had been leaked. Tarantino accused Gawker of contributory copyright infringement.

Last month, a U.S. Federal Judge dismissed Tarantino’s lawsuit, saying that Tarantino’s lawyer didn’t prove that Gawker’s blog post led to copyright infringement.

But, the judge gave Tarantino until May 1 to re-file the lawsuit, which is what he has now done.

The new lawsuit claims that Gawker violated the copyright by downloading the leaked script. The lawsuit states, in part, according to the Hollywood Reporter:

“On January 23, 2014, after Gawker obtained the Screenplay Download URL in response to its request for leak of an unauthorized infringing copy of the Screenplay, Gawker itself illegally downloaded to its computers an unauthorized infringing PDF copy of the Screenplay — read it and learned that the PDF download document was 146 pages — directly infringing Tarantino’s copyright.”

The Los Angeles Times noted that the new version of the lawsuit “also maintains its previous accusation that Gawker committed contributory copyright infringement.”

Tarantino has asked for “more than $1 million,” according to the Los Angeles Times. Variety reported, “In the revised suit, Tarantino is seeking actual damages and profits of more than $1 million, statutory damages, a court order preventing Gawker from using the screenplay and attorney’s fees.”

Read more about the re-filed lawsuit on The Hollywood Reporter.

iMediaEthics has written to Tarantino’s lawyers and Gawker for comment.

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