Quentin Tarantino Hit With ‘Pulp Fiction’ Copyright Suit By Miramax Over NFT Plans

“Tarantino’s conduct has forced Miramax to bring this lawsuit against a valued collaborator in order to enforce, preserve, and protect its contractual and intellectual property rights relating to one of Miramax’s most iconic and valuable film properties,” the 22-page complaint filed by lawyers at Proskauer Rose LLP says of the director’s career making second film, starring Jackson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Ving Rhames, Tim Roth, and a punchy Bruce Willis.
Or as Samuel L. Jackson’s Jules would say in the icon flick: “Mmm, this is a tasty burger”
No date has been laid down for the auctions, we do know that Tarantino’s NFTs are set to be seven scanned digital copies of his hand-written original scripts with audio commentary. However, one cease and desist letter later, the company that Harvey Weinstein co-founded is now looking for statutory damages and declaratory and injunctive relief in a jury trial. The Oscar winner announced his foray into the digital art world earlier this month at the NFT.NYC conference.
“Eager to cash in on the non-fungible token ('NFT') boom, as widely reported in the media, Quentin Tarantino recently announced plans to auction off seven ‘exclusive scenes’ from the 1994 motion picture Pulp Fiction in the form of NFTs,” proclaims Miramax in a breach of contract and infringement lawsuit filed today in federal court in California (read it here).
Or as Jackson's assassin deluxe Jules would say: “I’m sorry, did I break your concentration?"” /> Clearly Miramax beg to differ on what they see as a one-time transaction not covered by any of QT's Pulp Fiction rights.
Tarantino's reps couldn't be reach for comment on the lawsuit. However, Tuesday's filing does reveal that the director's own lawyers told Miramax that they "contended that Tarantino was acting within his 'Reserved Rights,' specifically the right to 'screenplay publication' with the NFT plan.
“Left unchecked, Tarantino’s conduct could mislead others into believing Miramax is involved in his venture. And it could also mislead others into believing they have the rights to pursue similar deals or offerings, when in fact Miramax holds the rights needed to develop, market, and sell NFTs relating to its deep film library.”
What started out a bit of a royale with cash cheese could now become a legal battle royale between Quentin Tarantino and Miramax over the director’s plans for to auction off Pulp Fiction NFTs.

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