Quentin Tarantino sues website Gawker over Hateful Eight script link

US director Quentin Tarantino has sued the website Gawker for contributory copyright infringement after it posted a link to a leaked screenplay.

A link to The Hateful Eight script remained on Gawker’s blog on Monday despite demands from Tarantino’s lawyers to take it down.

They argued the site had effectively cost him royalties he might earn from the eventual publication of the script.

Gawker said posting a link was part of its job to provide information.

“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,” the site’s editor-in-chief John Cook said.

In a post, Gawker added it would be fighting the case, adding that, to its knowledge, “no claim of contributory infringement has prevailed in the US over a news story”.

The lawsuit seeks damages of $1m against Gawker as well as $1m against the anonymous file-sharing site where the leaked script was hosted.