Tarantino’s Infringement Lawsuit Dismissed


Director Quentin Tarantino’s copyright infringement lawsuit has been dismissed by a federal judge in California. The lawsuit was against bosses at Gawker Media.

He decided to call off the making of his western The Hateful Eight in January 2014, after a draft of his screenplay leaked online.

Gawker.com’s editors published a report about it and shared links to websites where the script was already uploaded. He immediately filed a lawsuit against Gawker.com’s executives. He accused them of having “crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire screenplay illegally.”

He’s now seeking statutory and actual damages, along with at least $1 million (£625,000) in compensation.

Gawker executives filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit in March and the judge has sided with them in a ruling on Tuesday, April 22.

The judge stated that Quentin has not presented any specific case of infringement, therefore there’s no solid evidence in order to move forward with the lawsuit.

However, the judge allowed Tarantino to amend his claim. This allows him to refile the suit by May 1.

The news came in just days after the director had a live reading of the leaked scenes in Los Angeles. He staged the reading with Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell.

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