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Tarantino Files $1M copyright infringement lawsuit in L.A.

By Associated Press
Published On: Jan 27 2014 04:34:09 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 27 2014 04:34:25 PM CST

LOS ANGELES -

Quentin Tarantino sued the gossip and media website Gawker Monday in Los Angeles over a link that led its readers to an allegedly leaked copy of the screenplay for his planned new film.

The director said last week that he was so irate about the leak of the 146-page script that he postponed plans to make the Western, titled ``The Hateful Eight.''

A link to the script was posted Thursday on Gawker's Defamer blog, which was the first incidence of the complete screenplay being posted online, according to the federal copyright infringement lawsuit.

An email to Gawker requesting comment was not immediately returned.

``Gawker Media's article and links became the source for spread of the leak, as it was then widely commented upon and referred to by various other media outlets,'' the suit states.

Tarantino alleges damages from the New York-based Gawker post will amount to more than $1 million. He is also seeking an injunction against the link.

``Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people's rights to make a buck," according to the lawsuit.