Gawker Issues 6-Point Rebuttal to Tarantino Suit
'We'll be fighting this one'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2014 9:13 AM CST
Updated Jan 28, 2014 10:52 AM CST
Quentin Tarantino makes a speech during a tribute to actor Bruce Dern before the 2013 AFI Fest premiere of the film "Nebraska" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Looks like Gawker isn't going to take Quentin Tarantino's lawsuit lying down. A refresher: Tarantino's script for The Hateful Eight was leaked; Tarantino freaked out; Gawker's Defamer posted a link to the leaked script; Tarantino freaked out some more and sued Gawker. In response, John Cook at Gawker lays out six points, including this big one: In Cook's view, Tarantino wants the script online. That's Cook's interpretation of what Tarantino originally said to Deadline about the script leak: "I do like the fact that everyone eventually posts it, gets it and reviews it on the net. Frankly, I wouldn't want it any other way. I like the fact that people like my s---, and that they go out of their way to find it and read it."

Plus, Cook points out, Tarantino was the one who turned the leak into a huge story, giving an attention-grabbing interview about it back when it was just circulating in Hollywood, before it had been posted online. And then there's the fact that Gawker didn't leak the script in the first place, it just learned where the script had been posted and directed readers there. (Cook actually makes this point multiple times.) Finally, Cook concludes, the link to the script is news, and thus fair game for publication, particularly since Tarantino himself made it news. "We'll be fighting this one," Cook writes. Tarantino is also suing the site that actually hosted the script, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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Jan 29, 2014 8:21 AM CST
It initially sounded like an attention grab on QT's part. But it was really damage control. Gawker needs to find a better argument.
Jan 28, 2014 10:11 PM CST
Copyright is out of date. If you think it or make it and it can then be digitized and put on the net, then it now belongs to the collective and you don't own it anymore. The collective is all of us on the net. In time, everything will be able to be on the net. You can see it happening now. Movies, Music, Books, Ideas and with 3D printers and scanners all physical creations will be on the net too. And those that copy it and share it are call Pirates, but we are what the future is. People will fight against it and loose, it can not be stopped, it is already is too late. But fight the good fight if you must. Welcome to the future. Create wisely for it all belongs to us all.
Jan 28, 2014 3:55 PM CST
Ironic note, where one formally files for "copyright" in the USA is Of the 90 records where copyright is recorded for Quentin Tarantino, none are for this particular script.