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US judge dismisses Tarantino case against website over leaked script

A judge in the Unites States has dismissed a claim by film director Quentin Tarantino against gossip website Gawker, after it released a script for a forthcoming film, bearing the preliminary title 'The Hateful Eight', reports the BBC.

Mr Tarantino filed a law suit seeking around £1m in damages from the website Gawker, which specialises in the publication of gossip, under the banner 'today's gossip is tomorrow's news'.

The news of the leaked script broke in January, when Gawker published links

to two third-party sites hosting links to a script purporting to have been written by Quentin Tarantino. The script presented a Western called 'The Hateful Eight', that was to be shot in old-school 70mm film.

News of the leak prompted Tarantino to hunt out the person who leaked the script, as he claimed only to have sent it to 'six mother-f*cking people', reported Gawker. Tarantino later sought assurances from actor Bruce Dern that the leak had not come from him, as he believed the other recipients of the script had not been responsible for the leak.

Mr Tarantino decided to sue Gawker, claiming they were purveyors of 'predatory journalism', and that the site had violated his right to earn money.

Gawker responded saying that they were not responsible for the leak, made by other web users, and they had merely publicised the existence of the files on other sites. They also claimed that Tarantino had himself stoked up media interest in the story beyond anything achieved by Gawker.

A judge dismissed Mr Tarantino's claim, saying that his lawyers had failed to demonstrate that anyone had seen the script as a direct result of Gawker's article and link.

Although originally claiming that he would abandon the film after the leak, Mr Tarantino has continued to work on it, and at a reading in Hollywood last week said there would be further drafts .

"I'm working on a second draft and I will do a third draft but we're reading from the first draft," he told the audience.