Director of Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained among many other classics, Quentin Tarantino has had his fair share of experience, but his latest drama illustrates he is still as passionate as ever about his work. The offbeat director was infuriated by the website Gawker’s decison to post a link to a leaked copy of his in-the-works script Hateful Eight.
The site retorted there was no case as directing people to a version already online is legal use as it hadn’t “reproduced” the material in question. A federal judge in California has granted Gawker’s motion to dismiss the copyright infringement lawsuit as the director failed to produce details regarding the infrinfement resulting from Gawker’s actions.
In an order obtained by Deadline.com - entitled 'Quentin Tarantino -v- Gawker Media' - Judge John Walter stated '”The Court grants Defendant's Motion on the grounds that Plaintiff has failed to adequately plead facts establishing direct infringement by a third party or facts that would demonstrate Defendant either caused, induced, or materially contributed to the alleged direct infringement of those third party infringers. Plaintiff merely speculates that some direct infringement must have taken place.
“For example, Plaintiff's Complaint fails to allege the identity of a single third-party infringer, the date, the time, or the details of a single instance of third-party infringement, or, more importantly, how Defendant allegedly caused, induced, or materially contributed to the infringement by those third parties.”