Miramax Sues Tarantino for Selling Pulp Fiction NFT’s

Miramax has sued director Quentin Tarantino for copyright infringement because he created and sold NFT based on the 1994 film Pulp Fiction.

On November 2, Tarantino announced that he intends to use the Secret Network, a Level 1 blockchain, to tokenize seven Pulp Fiction film scripts in December 2021.

Each of the tokens will contain unedited portions of the handwritten Pulp Fiction script and Tarantino’s exclusive commentary, some secrets of the film and its creator.

Miramax owns the rights to the classic director’s edition of Pulp Fiction. According to a lawsuit filed November 16 in the Central District of California, Tarantino kept his plans to create an NFT based on the film under wraps and that his act thwarted the company’s own plans to mint NFT on Pulp Fiction.

Miramax lawyer Bart Williams in the lawsuit also accused Tarantino’s team of “deliberate short-term seizure of money.” According to him, the director’s team ignored the agreement signed by Quentin instead of complying with all legal and ethical standards.

“Tarantino made no attempt to contact Miramax prior to the press announcement, even though he was likely in extensive negotiations with third parties to develop and sell NFT,” the lawsuit said.

Tarantino’s attorneys argue that the director, in his contract with Miramax, retained the right to publish his original script and that he exercises this right through the sale of NFT.

However, Miramax argues that creating an NFT is not equivalent to publishing a script. The lawsuit refers to a breach of contract, infringement of copyright, infringement of trademark rights and unfair competition.

Miramax also demanded that Tarantino stop selling NFT.

Miramax also funded and partnered with Tarantino on his more commercially successful films, including Jackie Brown and Kill Bill: Volumes 1 and 2. Pulp Fiction was Miramax’s first major release since its Disney acquisition, grossing over $213 million worldwide.

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