Quentin Tarantino Sues Gawker Over ‘Hateful Eight’ Script Leak

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Last week we reported that Quentin Tarantino was pulling the plug on his latest Western, Hateful Eight, after a copy of the script was leaked online. Now the irate director is suing Gawker for distributing the stolen script.

According to Tarantino's lawyers, Gawker has refused several requests to remove the stolen material from its site, and is in violation DMCA rules regarding copyright infringement.

"Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people's rights to make a buck," the lawsuit states."This time they went 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."

I have no idea whether the lawsuit will hold up in court. But one thing is certain: Whoever actually leaked the script and killed this film should get the chair.

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