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Man Gawker Is Having A No-Good-Very-Bad Day. Tarantino Is Suing Them.

By Joanna Robinson | Trade News | January 27, 2014 | Comments ()


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First Gawker and Jezebel get properly skewered on Girls, now Gawker’s being sued by Quentin Tarantino for leaking a copy of his script for The Hateful Eight. Ain’t no legal complaint like a Tarantino legal complaint because a Tarantino legal complaint has BITE:

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.

The real victim in all of this, of course, is those of us who really love Tarantino movies and know that The Hateful Eight will never see the light of day now. So if Tarantino wants to stick it to Gawker, I say go for it. They have it coming.

(via Deadline)



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Comments Are Welcome, Jerks Will Be Banned


  • Collin Scott

    Having just read it, it was a really good read, but very similar to django

  • Zeus McGuinnes

    I didn't know what gawker was before these articles and now I do. Isnt this wha?t they want?

  • gnibs

    I'm kind of glad that he's overreacting.
    He just did a western, and I'd really prefer to see him do a different genre.

  • John G.

    Does no one think that Tarantino is over-reacting just a bit? Would any movie really be worth not making because the people who don't care about being spoiled read it online?

    If you care, obviously you wouldn't read the script even if someone put it right on your lap.

  • John W

    Why is it he can't continue filming the movie after the script was leaked again?

  • King Push

    remind me again why we hate gawker here? this site is basically the exact same thing.

  • ErickKwon

    Upfront: I tend to read Gawker or Jezebel stories off links from the IO9 or Kotaku homepages (and I view all those sites as part of the Gawker family) and only visit here a few times a week, but I'd say some content and tone feel similar though Pajiba isn't as hyperbolic with their headlines. Plus, while both sites seem to share similar political views, I don't think Pajiba would do anything as asshole-ish as Gawker's "outing" of concealed carry gun owners in NYC.

  • emmalita

    No.

  • King Push

    I just lump every site that uses this comment setup together as one. Gawker, Jezebel, Deadspin, AV Club, here...

  • Ben

    Discuss is a comment provider seperate from Gawker. It's used on heaps of websites just as an easy way to stop the web masters having to worry about setting up comments and shit.

    Gawker on the other hand are basically TMZ, but without the high standard of morals and ethics that TMZ usually use.

  • loganbowes

    QT should sue them for leaking it, because he's well within his rights to do so and Gawker should be made an example out of.

    He should also stop being a self centered petulant child and unshelf his movie because first drafts are rarely ever the same as the final drafts and come on... what percentage of the millions of people who watch his movies really read the screenplays? The screenplay being leaked has zero bearing on whether or not anyone will actually watch his final product. He's being a crybaby woe-is-me drama queen about it.

  • kinoumenthe

    Go Quentin ! Smash them all with that Cesar !
    It's pressed parts, it should do some damage.

  • L.O.V.E.

    If Q.T. takes it a step further and sues all the Gawker commentors who downloaded his script that would be delightful.

    If I ever reach the point of commenting on that site please hit me with a giant bong and ram my head through a wall. thanks.

  • stardust

    Karma's a bitch, ain't it, Gawker?

  • Gawker loves being sued because it brings more attention to Gawker.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Boom goes the dynamite, and rightfully so.

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