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.