(Anwalt Urheberrecht Berlin) Central District Court CA vom 22.4.2014: Tarantino v Gawker – Link to Screenplay Copy is not infringing use of screenplay

von Kai Jüdemann

Case No. CV 14-603-JFW (FFMx) Date: April 22, 2014

Title: Quentin Tarantino -v-Gawker Media, LLC., et al.


PURSUANT TO F.R.C.P. RULE 12(b)(6) [filed 3/10/14;

Docket No. 23]

the Complaint Pursuant to F.R.C.P. Rule 12(b)(6) ("Motion"). On March 24, 2014, Plaintiff Quentin

Tarantino ("Plaintiff") filed his Opposition. On March 31, 2014, Defendant filed a Reply. Pursuant

appropriate for submission on the papers without oral argument. The matter was, therefore,

notice. After considering the moving, opposing, and reply papers, and the arguments therein, the

I. Factual and Procedural Background1

purposes of deciding this Motion. Although Plaintiff does not object to the Court taking judicial

notice of Exhibits A and B of Defendant's Request for Judicial Notice of Exhibits A-D [Docket No.

C and D. The Court overrules Plaintiff's objections and grants Defendant's Request for Judicial

Notice. Federal Rule of Evidence 201 provides that a Court may take judicial notice of a fact "not

subject to reasonable dispute" that is "generally known within the trial court's territorial jurisdiction."

FRE 201(b)(1). "Specifically, courts may take into account documents whose contents are alleged

the [plaintiff's] pleading." Davis v. HSBC Bank Nevada, N.A., 691 F.3d 1152, 1160 (9th Cir. 2012)

Plaintiff, "a multiple Oscar winning and nominated writer and director," wrote a screenplay

"for a new ensemble western motion picture, titled 'The Hateful Eight,'" that he was planning to

make and "would direct." Complaint, ¶¶ 7 and 15. Plaintiff holds by authorship the exclusive

copyright in the original unpublished, unreleased motion picture screenplay to The Hateful Eight.

Office on January 23, 2014. Id., ¶ 15.

without his knowledge or authorization, been leaked to the public. Id., ¶ 16 ...

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