6:02 p.m.: Gawker fires back in Tarantino copyright row: 'We'll be fighting this one'
Gawker media has fired back at Quentin Tarantino's charges the company was involved in the posting of his "Hateful Eight" film script. In a post on its site, the company says the leaked file did not appear on their servers and had already been widely disseminated online, and touted by Tarantino himself in an interview with Deadline Hollywood.
Gawker points out it is being sued for contributory copyright infringement -- that is, for promoting the dissemination of an infringed work.
The post stops short of accusing the Hollywood's hipster heavyweight of using the lawsuit as a way of garnering publicity, saying:
Defamer covers what people in Hollywood are talking about. Thanks to Tarantino's shrewd publicity strategy, the leak of The Hateful Eight—and the content of the script—had been widely dissected online and was a topic of heated conversation among Defamer readers.
In their court filing, Tarantino's lawyers have noted that Gawker's headline encouraged readers to see the full script "here":
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.
You can read the full suit on The Hollywood Reporter's website.
12:27 p.m.: Tarantino lawsuit says site posted leaked script
Quentin Tarantino has sued a news and gossip site, saying it posted a leaked script of the director's latest project.
Tarantino's lawsuit accuses Gawker Media LLC of copyright infringement for posting a link to his 146-page script for a planned film called "The Hateful Eight."
Gawker operates numerous sites and blogs and posted a link to Tarantino's script on its Defamer website last week.
An email sent to Gawker seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.
Tarantino's lawsuit filed Monday in a federal court in Los Angeles states that he planned to publish the script and has received substantial royalties and advances by doing so with past projects.
Tarantino has won two screenwriting Academy Awards.
The lawsuit was first reported Monday by The Hollywood Reporter. — AP