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Monday, January 27, 2014

Quentin Tarantino Sues Gawker: Who's the Bigger Asshole?

Posted by on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Last week, the script for Quentin Tarantino's next film, The Hateful Eight, was leaked. This led Tarantino to announce that he was canceling the project, publishing the script in book form, and moving on to his next film. Also last week, Gawker published links to the leaked Hateful Eight film script. Now Tarantino has taken legal action by suing Gawker Media, according to Mike Fleming, Jr at Deadline:

Here is the crux of the legal complaint obtained by Deadline: “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.”

On the one hand, the script leak was news. They were just reporting on the leak. On the other hand, that headline does seem unnecessarily boastful. What do you think?


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dnt trust me 1
The bigger asshole? Are you talking about the poop chute between the butt cheeks? If so, I'd appreciate an artist sketch.
Posted by dnt trust me on January 27, 2014 at 11:07 AM · Report this
I for one am sick of Tarantino's nazi-like crackdown on whistle-blowers. Gawker is a national hero, and should immediately be pardoned.
Posted by GermanSausage on January 27, 2014 at 11:14 AM · Report this
yelahneb 3
Dinosaurs, all of them.
Posted by yelahneb on January 27, 2014 at 11:29 AM · Report this
If the issue is not with the article but with providing easy access to the material, then how is this different from what search engines do?
Posted by wxPDX on January 27, 2014 at 11:53 AM · Report this
@2: Yes, with billions of taxpayer dollars spent on this script and Tarantino's flagrant violation of the Constitution, it's clear that this is a public interest issue.
Posted by also on January 27, 2014 at 11:53 AM · Report this
You left out a critical part of the story:

"This time, according to Tarantino's lawsuit, Gawker has refused to back down from "repeat demands for the removal of the posted URL links" and "submissions of DMCA notices of copyright infringement.""

The lawsuit was after Gawker refused to be reasonable.
Posted by ourkind on January 27, 2014 at 12:01 PM · Report this
ams_ 7
If I were Tarantino I'd go metallica on all their asses.
Posted by ams_ on January 27, 2014 at 12:04 PM · Report this
It's stolen, unreleased, copyrighted material, owned by the creative artist himself. This is not your garden-variety DRM annoyance. It doesn't matter whether Tarantino is as rich as Disney or not. He's entitled to have the material taken off the 'net, and that includes links to it

OTOH, good luck with that. But, in the meantime, he can sue violators and win..
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on January 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM · Report this
I'm with @8. Artists have the right to decide if and when to share their creative works with the public. If you are pro-artist, Gawker is the asshole here.
Posted by California on January 27, 2014 at 1:25 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 10
I think it should be a death match. Machine guns and swords!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 27, 2014 at 1:54 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 11
Assholes deserve each other.

The biggest asshole in the room? The person who implies, jokingly or not, that there can be only one "good" and one "bad" and then force us to choose.

Those are the true assholes, as they are the ones reinforcing the view that creates assholes to begin with.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on January 27, 2014 at 2:37 PM · Report this
Gawker is slightly more distended than Tarantino in this situation, but not by much.
Posted by j.lee on January 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM · Report this
Original Andrew 13
Hollywood runs on munnie and cocaine, so if the script were worth a shit, they'd be making it into a movie, leaked or not.

P.S. They should call it H8ful, obviously.
Posted by Original Andrew on January 27, 2014 at 3:35 PM · Report this
@4: A search engine isn't hosting the stolen document on its site, refusing to take it down nor proclaiming to the world that it has posted the stolen document for all the world to enjoy.

Do you really not see a difference?
Posted by bigyaz on January 27, 2014 at 3:41 PM · Report this
I mean, this is the equivalent of Gawker publishing "The Wolf of Wallstreet Leaked!", and including a link to The Pirate Bay.
Posted by Ruke on January 27, 2014 at 4:05 PM · Report this
The news is that the script was leaked. Stating that is news. Saying who leaked it or how it was leaked would also be news. Providing a link to the leaked script, however, isn't news; it's crime.

When revenge porn is discussed in the news, they don't provide links to videos.
Posted by Charlie Mas on January 27, 2014 at 6:19 PM · Report this
sirkowski 17
Gawker is always the asshole.
Posted by sirkowski on January 27, 2014 at 10:20 PM · Report this
I thought the Stranger supported artists' control of their art? How is this even in question? QT aside, Paul, if your favorite author had an unfinished draft leaked and promoted via Gawker, would you even be having this poll?
Posted by DawginExile on January 27, 2014 at 11:58 PM · Report this

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