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Gawker bosses vow to fight Quentin Tarantino copyright lawsuit

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Jan 28, 2014 | 5:53pm EST

Editors at Gawker Media have vowed to fight a copyright lawsuit filed against them by Quentin Tarantino amid allegations they facilitated the leak of his The Hateful Eight script online. The Pulp Fiction filmmaker declared he had scrapped plans to shoot the new western last week (ends24Jan14) after an early draft of his screenplay was released on the Internet without his permission. The news was picked up by Gawker editors, who then published links to the websites where the scripts had been uploaded - but their actions infuriated Tarantino, who accused publication bosses of having "crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire screenplay illegally". However, Gawker executives have defended the move, insisting they simply reported on the news of where the screenplays could be found after the director himself hit headlines for ranting about the leak. In a post online, one Gawker editor writes, "It was Tarantino himself who turned his script into a news story, one that garnered him a great deal of attention... "News of the fact that it existed on the Internet advanced a story that Tarantino himself had launched, and 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... "Our publication of the link was clearly connected to our goal of informing readers about things they care about. As far as I can tell (but I'm no lawyer!), no claim of contributory infringement has prevailed in the U.S. over a news story. We'll be fighting this one." Tarantino is seeking actual and statutory damages, as well as at least $1 million (£625,000) in compensation.

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