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Film-maker Quentin Tarantino sues gossip website over leaked screenplay

Published on Jan 28, 2014 7:36 AM
 
Director Quentin Tarantino arrives as a guest at a gala screening of the new film Nebraska directed by Alexander Payne at the AFI Fest 2013 in Hollywood on Nov 11, 2013. Tarantino sued gossip website Gawker on Monday, seeking at least US$2 million (S$2.55 million)  for allegedly publishing the leaked screenplay for what was to be his latest movie. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Pulp Fiction Director Quentin Tarantino sued gossip website Gawker on Monday, seeking at least US$2 million (S$2.55 million) for allegedly publishing the leaked screenplay for what was to be his latest movie.

Tarantino, who announced last week that he had scrapped plans to film The Hateful Eight as his next project, accused Gawker of infringing his copyright by publishing the 146-page screenplay, which he had only shown to six people.

"This action is necessitated by Gawker Media's... blatant copyright infringement by their promotion and dissemination of unauthorized downloadable copies of the leaked unreleased complete screenplay," said the lawsuit, filed on Monday.

"Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people's rights to make a buck. This time they went too far," added the legal document, supplied to AFP by a lawyer for Tarantino, Evan Spiegel.

 
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