Yesterday the gossip website, Gawker posted details to a leaked script for The Hateful Eight, (a cancelled film by Quentin Tarantino) linking to the leaked script in their article, Tarantino sued the site for this link, seeking a total of $1 million in damages.
Tarantino claims that the link effectively cost him royalties he might have gained from the official publication of the script, revealing that because of the leak he has decided to direct another film instead.
He also mentioned that he might have released it as a book, so it seems he had a lot of possible options for this script, well apparently anyway.
Of course, Gawker has decided to fight the case, arguing that by linking to the news is not in itself a crime, stating that “no claim of contributory infringement has prevailed in the US over a news story”.
Editor-in-chief of Gawker John Cook also wrote the following in their article: “News of the fact that it existed on the internet advanced a story that Tarantino himself had launched, our publication of the link was a routine and unremarkable component of our job: making people aware of news and information about which they are curious.”
At the moment there’s no news as to how this case might end, but we will be sure to update you if anything exciting happens.