The fight over The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino's proposed Western which he claimed to have abandoned after it was leaked online, is not over yet
The lawsuit between Gawker and Quentin Tarantino, which looked like it had ended when a Federal Judge dismissed the director's case, has entered a new phase, with Tarantino's lawyers trying to prove that the website did in fact commit copyright infringement.
The case seems to depend upon whether an "infringing act" has taken place, the Judge previously saying that just "clicking on the link" was not "legally sufficient".
But Tarantino's lawyers have amended their complaint, stating:
Anyone who sought to read or obtain the Screenplay from the Screenplay Download URL necessarily had to first download a PDF copy of the work onto their own computer. On January 23, 2014, after Gawker obtained the Screenplay Download URL in response to its request for leak of an unauthorized infringing copy of the Screenplay, Gawker itself illegally downloaded to its computers an unauthorized infringing PDF copy of the Screenplay -- read it and learned that the PDF download document was 146 pages -- directly infringing Tarantino's copyright.
The fight continues, but with Tarantino recently staging a script meeting, it looks like The Hateful Eight might just be back on - which is good news.
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