Just last week you may remember how Quentin Tarantino's newest script for a western called "Hateful Eight" was leaked by someone close to him. After sharing the script with a few actors, producers, and other close friend's in the industry he was shocked and betrayed to learn how some of them had passed it around. He shared his disappointment and vowed not to make the film anymore and instead to go and make something else. Despite the odd way of revealing his script was leaked and complaining about it in the media the issue seemed over. That is until Gawker stepped up.
Sarcasm and snark are the main weapons in the Gawker arsenal. So covering a big name director complaining about a leaked script was low hanging fruit for such a media outlet. That's all fair and game until Gawker got their hands on a copy of the Hateful Eight script and posted it online for anyone and everyone to download. This isn't going over well with Tarantino.
Now Tarantino is suing Gawker. Tarantino is claiming the website is violating his rights in order to get more page views rather than for journalistic purposes. It also states that they asked Gawker to simply take down the link to the script and they refused, prompting the lawsuit. Granted this is the opening salvo of a lawsuit and there could still be a settlement before this even gets near a courtroom. Certainly this is an important lawsuit when it comes to the internet and copyright law.