Quentin Tarantino Tries, Tries Again Against Gawker: Claims Direct Infringement Because Gawker Knew Page Numbers
from the interesting-theories dept
So about a week ago, we noted that Quentin Tarantino had lost big in his bizarre lawsuit against Gawker for publishing a link to a script he was working on for The Hateful Eight, which had been rumored to have been leaked all over Hollywood. The judge pointed out that Tarantino’s wacky theories on contributory copyright infringement made no sense, because they couldn’t even show any direct copyright infringement. Of course, Tarantino’s lawyers were given a chance to try again, and try again they have with an even more wacky theory. They’re now charging Gawker with direct copyright infringement, not for linking to the script, but because they claim someone at Gawker must have downloaded the script, and they prove that because Gawker writers knew how many pages there were in the script.
On January 23, 2014, after Gawker obtained the Screenplay Download URL in response to its request for leak of an unauthorized infringing copy of the Screenplay, Gawker itself illegally downloaded to its computers an unauthorized infringing PDF copy of the Screenplay — read it and learned that the PDF download document was 146 pages — directly infringing Tarantino’s copyright.
Tarantino also claims that they induced the person who uploaded the screenplay to AnonFiles to do so and that Gawker’s reporters “fabricated a story” about how the document had been made publicly available. It’s not clear how Tarantino or his lawyers could possibly know that. Either way, the lawsuit remains quite a stretch — and certainly could create serious problems for other journalists if the theories that Tarantino is presenting are considered valid copyright infringement.