Quentin Tarantino Gets Sniped by Miramax for NFT’s
Quentin Tarantino was accused of copyright infringement by distributing NFTs based on the screenplay for Pulp Fiction, according to a complaint filed on Tuesday by television company Miramax.
Tarantino revealed the sale during a recent crypto-art conference in New York. Tarantino claimed in a press statement on November 2 that he was “pleased to be giving these exclusive scenes from ‘Pulp Fiction’ to fans.” The plan is to sell non-fungible tokens (NFTs) based on sections of Tarantino’s handwritten film script, along with commentary. The NFT is advertised as “secret,” meaning that only the owner will have access to its contents.
According to the lawsuit, Tarantino did not consult with Miramax, which owns the rights to Tarantino’s 1994 film, as reported by Variety. Miramax’s lawyers have filed a cease-and-desist letter in an attempt to put a stop to the deal, but Tarantino and his team are pushing through.
According to Miramax, Tarantino’s activities have impeded the studio’s plans to enter the market for Pulp Fiction NFTs. In a statement, Miramax lawyer Bart Williams accused Tarantino and his crew of a “deliberate, calculated, short-term money grab.”
The lawsuit appears to be over whether selling NFTs based on script excerpts is considered “publication” of the screenplay. According to the lawsuit, Tarantino’s lawyer informed Miramax that Tarantino retained the right to publish his screenplay under the Miramax contract, which he is currently exercising through the NFT sale. Because NFTs are a one-time sale and not comparable to the publication of a script, Miramax claims ownership of the NFT rights.
The case includes claims of breach of contract, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and unfair competition.
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