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    Quentin Tarantino Files Lawsuit Against Gawker for Leaked Hateful Eight Script

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    Quentin Tarantino is fighting back after his screenplay for a movie dubbed The Hateful Eight was leaked online.

    The Django Unchained filmmaker is suing Gawker Media for copyright infringement and contributory copyright infringement after the blog linked to the 146-page script of his Western.

    According to the court documents obtained by E! News, Tarantino claims that the site "has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people's rights to make a buck."

    The lawsuit added, "This time, they went too far. 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."

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    The complaint also took aim at the original story's angle, saying, "Their headline boasts... 'Here,' not someplace else, but 'Here' on the Gawker website.

    "The article then contains multiple direct links for downloading the entire Screenplay through a conveniently anonymous URL by simply clicking button-links on the Gawker page, and brazenly encourages Gawker visitors to read the Screenplay illegally with the invitation to 'Enjoy!' it."

    DOCUMENTS: Read the complaint

    Tarantino is seeking an excess of $2 million dollars. The documents say that he has suffered irreparable harm.

    Just last week, the Oscar winner revealed that he was shelving the project indefinitely in the wake of the leak.

    "I'm very, very depressed," Tarantino said. "I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn't mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it's gotten out today."

    He added, "I'll move on to the next thing. I've got 10 more where that came from."

    Gawker editor John Cook has since responded to the lawsuit claiming that "Quentin Tarantino deliberately turned the leak into a story," and that he wanted the script to be published online.

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