Tarantino, Gawker and the Hateful Eight – a case of inglorious infringement?
Academy Award winning director, screenwriter and producer Quentin Tarantino has filed a copyright action in the U.S. District Court of Los Angeles against Gawker Media for facilitating the dissemination of the unproduced script for his film The Hateful Eight. As the media outlet that attempted to purchase the video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford allegedly smoking crack, Gawker is no stranger to controversy.
The lawsuit alleges Gawker “made a business of predatory journalism” by posting multiple links to the entire script on its blog, the Defamer. Further, according to Tarantino’s claim, Gawker encouraged users to download the copyrighted content with the cheery invitation to “Enjoy!” and has refused to remove the posted URL links.