Gawker has reacted to Quentin Tarantino's lawsuit filed against the website after it published news about "The Hateful Eight" script leak with a link to download the early draft of the film's screenplay. The website addresses the issue in a post titled "Quentin Tarantino Sues Gawker Over Link to Script He Wants Online."
Gawker blames Tarantino for deliberately turning the leak into a story by making his complaint public in an interview. "Thanks to Tarantino's shrewd publicity strategy, the leak of 'The Hateful Eight' - and the content of the script - had been widely dissected online and was a topic of heated conversation among Defamer readers," the company states.
The website adds, "News of the fact that it existed on the internet advanced a story that Tarantino himself had launched, and our publication of the link was a routine and unremarkable component of our job: making people aware of news and information about which they are curious."
"Someone unknown to Gawker put it on a web site called AnonFiles, and someone unknown to Gawker put it on a different web site called Scribd. Last Thursday, Gawker received a tip from a reader informing us that the script was on the AnonFiles site, after which Gawker published a story reporting that the script had surfaced online," Gawker furthermore explains.
Gawker also clarifies that they are not being sued for copyright infringement. "We are being sued for contributory copyright infringement for linking to a site that is being sued for direct copyright infringement," the website explains.
Gawker additionally mentions that Deadline, which Tarantino confided in about the leaked script, "had itself obtained a copy," but Deadline insists they "did not obtain and still have not obtained The Hateful Eight." Deadline, in return, slams Gawker for "trying to let itself off the hook."
Based on a quote from Deadline in which the director said, "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**t, and that they go out of their way to find it and read it," Gawker claims "Quentin Tarantino wanted The Hateful Eight to be published on the internet."
But Deadline notes that Gawker took "Tarantino completely out of context." "What the filmmaker told me was that he is not a hypocrite," Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. says. "When he is shooting his film and sees the final draft of the script online, he in the past has not been upset and likes that people seek it out."