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OFF BEAT: Gawker, Tarantino courtroom drama


Quentin Tarantino’s latest drama continues to play out in the courtroom rather than on the big screen, with the latest court filings focused on the acclaimed director’s motive for filing a lawsuit against Gawker Media Group Inc.

The acclaimed director had gone medieval on Cayman Islands-based Gawker for publishing a link to a stolen copy of a script Mr. Tarantino had written. In a copy infringement lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in January, Mr. Tarantino alleges one of Gawker’s websites, Defamer, facilitated the dissemination of copies of his script, “The Hateful Eight,” by providing links to other websites that were featuring copies of the unproduced script.

“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,” the lawsuit states.

A legal response from Gawker’s lawyers issued this week claims that Mr. Tarantino’s suit “is animated by his displeasure with Gawker’s past and present reporting about him, rather than the possibility that some unknown persons may have accessed his script online.”

While Mr. Tarantino has said the leak has forced him to scuttle “The Hateful Eight,” which is described as a “bloody western,” don’t expect the director of “Reservoir Dogs” to back out of this fight.