Gossip website Gawker has been sued by Quentin Tarantino after it posted a link to a leaked screenplay called “The Hateful Eight” despite the latter’s lawyers asking them to take it down.
John Cook, in explaining that the site had done nothing wrong by simply doing its job, said, “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.”
In fact, the site went on to make a post saying that it would be arguing the case since, according to its knowledge, no claim of copyright infringement had succeeded over a news story.
Speaking of a lawsuit, damages of one million against Gawker as well as another million against the file sharing site where the leaked script was available will be sought.
However, it must be pointed out that Tarantino has published scripts in the past and which has turned out to be a practice that has earned him a number of royalties as well as royalties.
And this is the reason why there is a lawsuit against Gawker in the first place as this will cost him a number of royalties for the movie.
Quentin Tarantino has also expressed his anger over the leak last in an interview with Deadline.com and has also suggested that he will abandon the project as a result.