Gawker recently published an article with multiple direct links for downloading Quentin Tarantino’s latest screenplay “Hateful Eight” through anonymous URLs including AnonFiles. Taratino gave the script, a first draft, to six actors. So upset about the leak, Tarantino says he’s not going to direct it and is suing Gawker. Gawker claims Tarantino wants it online. He’s the one who “turned his script into a news story, one that garnered him a great deal of attention.” Ready to fight, Gawker reminds its readers: “No claim of contributory copyright infringement has prevailed in the US over a news story.”
That might be true, but Tarantino’s lawsuit was filed by “Entertainment Lawyer of the Year” (2012, Beverly Hills Bar Association) Marty Singer. Singer’s no stranger to Gawker. In 2010, Gawker was forced to take down a sex tape of Singer’s client, actor Eric Dane (aka Dr. McSteamy on Grey’s Anatomy), after settling the copyright infringement suit filed by Singer. Singer even stopped the Independent Film Channel from showing a documentary critical of client Bruce Willis. If the “Hateful Eight” lawsuit goes to trial, there’s no doubt that the go-to attorney for Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Charlie Sheen, will put up a good (and entertaining) fight.