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Old January 27 2014, 08:56 PM   #16
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Re: Tarantino's Hateful Eight is canned

I don't see how agents would make any money if they went round leaking scripts.
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Old January 28 2014, 06:52 PM   #17
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His script, his movie, his prerogative.

Also, let's not forget that what this amounts to is theft of personal and (I think?) intellectual property. I think anyone here would be quite rightly pissed off if someone they trusted stole from them.
Nobody stole anything. He sent out an unmarked script to actors, and they gave it to their agents. And since nothing on the script said "don't give it away" the agents gave it away, becuase that's what they do. It's normal business. Tarantino is throwing one of his temper tantrums.
Really? Agents just give scripts away without permission? "Hey, I was approached to be in this picture. Tarantino sent me a script. You want to take a look?"
"Sure. I hope you don't mind if I copy it for all my friends, too."
"Nah, that's cool. I'm sure Quentin won't care."
Scripts get sent out all the time. Studios, agents, actors, producers, directors, production companies, networks, managers, even assistants share and trade them.

There's a Facebook group for assistants to share these things or request them when their bosses need a copy of something for a meeting.

Writers share pilot scripts.

Everyone in town shares copies of Academy screeners and shot pilot episodes. It's something of an exclusivity thing out here.

This happens everyday in Hollywood and its understood that you don't "leak" it, you don't share it and you sure as shit don't mass distribute it. You're not even really supposed to talk about it with people outside the biz.

That said, this shouldn't be breaking news to anyone (except maybe JarodRussell). This is just a shitty situation where some jackass decided he or she wanted to be a dick and shared the script. Tarantino is right to be as angry as he is, he's well within his rights to sue Gawker, and the bitch of it is we're the ones who lose out.
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Old January 28 2014, 10:14 PM   #18
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There's a *big* difference between a script that get's passed around and one that is entrusted to a select few. The former are usually put about by writers who are angling to get their script noticed. The latter usually comes from well known and established writers and are accompanied with NDA agreements and sometimes a guard who takes it back once the person is done with it.

Apparently Tarantino decided to trust someone and got burned. I can't say as I blame him for reacting this way.
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Old January 29 2014, 12:22 PM   #19
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Old January 29 2014, 01:32 PM   #20
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Thing is, the script for Django Unchained was put on the net before filming started - by QT himself, probably - and he neither gave up or complained.

Which makes me wonder if he just decided this script wasn't good enough after all, and has found a handy excuse to not bother.
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Old January 29 2014, 02:19 PM   #21
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^Why would he need an excuse? Even if that were the case it's not like he need to justify his decisions beyond "I'm not feeling this, let's go with something else."

As for the Django script, as you said, he released it himself because he wanted to. His script, his choice. In this case he wanted it kept under wraps and someone leaked it. Again, his script, his choice. I don't get why this is such a difficult concept to grasp.
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Old January 29 2014, 08:49 PM   #22
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^Why would he need an excuse? Even if that were the case it's not like he need to justify his decisions beyond "I'm not feeling this, let's go with something else."

As for the Django script, as you said, he released it himself because he wanted to. His script, his choice. In this case he wanted it kept under wraps and someone leaked it. Again, his script, his choice. I don't get why this is such a difficult concept to grasp.
That is EXACTLY what I was going to write until I saw your post. Agreed 100%. Common sense like this should really go without saying, but apparently needs saying anyway.
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Old January 29 2014, 10:49 PM   #23
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Here's a snarky take on the lawsuit from a lawyer involved in litigation that set some of the relevant precedents.
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Old January 30 2014, 12:42 AM   #24
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Yeah, not knowing much about this area of law, I tentatively agree. I also agree wholeheartedly about the amateurishness of the brief. I hate briefs that blow up the rhetoric in a way that seems targeted more at the public than the court but is also too cumbersome to be an effective advocacy tool to the public.
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I do think he has a case in terms of contributory infringement. There's absolutely no reason for Gawker to link directly to infringing material. Hacker magazine 2600 was smacked down for merely linking to DeCSS source code. If you knowingly (possibly even unknowingly) provide links to infringing material, you may be liable for contributory infringement.
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