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Some of us are still recovering from the disappointing news that Quentin Tarantino will not be continuing with his western movie, “The Hateful Eight”. Tarantino revealed in an interview  that the project is canned due to a script leak, the helmer said:

“I hadn’t given it to Christoph, I haven’t given it to Sam Jackson. I gave it to three mother fu#king actors. We met in a place, and I put it in their hands. Reggie Hudlin’s agent never had a copy. It’s got to be either the agents of Dern or Madsen. Please name names.”

Since then Tarantino is waging war against Gawker Media for “promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire screenplay illegally”. The critically acclaimed director filed a lawsuit against Gawker for making the screenplay available for download. He is suing them for contributory copyright infringement for linking to a site that is being sued for direct copyright infringement. If the helmer wins the case, Gawker will have to fork out $1 million for unspecified damages and the injunction will stop the site from continuing to link to the script.

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Quentin Tarantino image courtesy of Levonbiss.com

Quentin Tarantino image courtesy of Levonbiss.com

Also see: Hateful Eight Update: Quentin Tarantino’s Lawsuit Against Gawker Dismissed

Gawker says Tarantino used the story as a “shrewd publicity strategy” that turned “The Hateful Eight” leak into a news frenzy. The website is seeking dismissal of Quentin Tarantino’s lawsuit filed against the Gawker Media Group, Inc. in California. The defendant argues the court does not have jurisdiction over the script because it’s based in the Cayman Islands.

Gawker’s response:

 “This Court lacks personal jurisdiction over [Gawker Media Group, Inc.], a Cayman Islands corporation which is not subject to general jurisdiction because it does not have any continuous and systematic contacts with California and is not subject to specific jurisdiction because it does not publish the website at issue in plaintiff’s Complaint and was not involved in any way with the researching, writing, editing, or publishing of the article that is the subject of plaintiff’s Complaint.”

Neither Gawker Media nor Gawker Entertainment is contesting personal jurisdiction. It turns out that Gawker Entertainment was dissolved as a company in 2013, and “counsel for the parties have reached an agreement that Gawker Entertainment, LLC is not a proper party to this action.”

Additional Source: hollywoodreporter.com