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April 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A U.S. District Court judge on Tuesday tossed out a copyright infringement suit filed by Quentin Tarantino against Gawker Media in which he alleged that Gawker had contributed to copyright infringement by posting a link to his script for The Hateful Eight. In effect, Judge John F. Walter said that it was one thing for Tarantino to allege that Gawker’s action could have resulted in copyright infringement and another to say that it did. As the judge put it: “Nowhere … in the Complaint does Plaintiff allege a single act of direct infringement committed by any member of the general public that would support Plaintiff’s claim for contributory infringement. Instead, Plaintiff merely speculates that some direct infringement must have taken place. For example, Plaintiff’s Complaint fails to allege the identity of a single third-party infringer, the date, the time, or the details of a single instance of third-party infringement, or, more importantly, how Defendant allegedly caused, induced, or materially contributed to the infringement by those third parties.” The judge however, did allow Tarantino to file an amendment to his claim by May 1st.