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Quentin Tarantino re-files lawsuit against Gawker over ‘Hateful Eight’ script leak

By Daniel S Levine,

Quentin Tarantino is not done fighting his legal battle against the website Gawker, which published a link to his leaked The Hateful Eight script earlier this year. Tarantino had his first lawsuit dismissed, but his lawyers have amended the suit and re-filed it on Thursday.

Last week, a judge dismissed Tarantino’s first lawsuit, which accused Gawker of contributory copyright infringement and also went after the original leakers who posted the link on AnonFiles.com. However, the judge said that Tarantino's lawsuit was not detailed enough to prove that Gawker had violated copyright merely by posting a link to a site that hosted the script.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new lawsuit accuses Gawker of direct copyright infringement, so it looks like the judge will have to decide if the site violated Tarantino’s copyright just by downloading the script.

“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 lawsuit reads.

Tarantino's lawyers also go after Gawker for asking its readers to provide it with a link to the script, essentially asking its readers to violate copyright.

Tarantino has said that he is still working on the script during a live-reading with Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson and other actors earlier this month.

image courtesy of Daniel S Levine

 
 

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