A little over a week after a federal judge dismissed Quentin Tarantino‘s copyright infringement lawsuit against Gawker over the site’s posting of his leaked screenplay The Hateful Eight, the Oscar-winning writer-director today filed an amended complaint (read it here). The 15-page complaint is now just one claim: Copyright infringement (Direct and Contributory). Tarantino’s legal team had until today to file the amended complaint after Judge John Walter ruled April 22 that the plaintiff was not able to display a particular case of infringement facilitated by Gawker’s actions. Walter did, however, leave Tarantino a window to refile.
Unlike before, where Gawker was called out for the site’s promotion and dissemination of the leaked material, today’s amended complaint picked up on Walter’s ruling that Tarantino “merely speculates that some direct infringement must have taken place.” This time the director and his lawyers went very direct: “Gawker engaged in direct copyright infringement by their unauthorized download of a PDF copy of the leaked unreleased complete screenplay for Quentin Tarantino’s motion picture The Hateful Eight (the “Screenplay”),” says the revised suit.
Tarantino sued Gawker for infringement on January 27 after the script showed up on the site. Among other reactions, Gawker responded with its motion to dismiss March 10. While considering the motion, Walter had set a January 27 trial date while putting the parties into mediation earlier this month. In the meantime, Tarantino teamed with Film Independent to hold a staged reading of the Western script with the help of Tarantino regulars like Samuel L Jackson and Tim Roth.