Why in the world are Miramax suing Quentin Tarantino? Aren’t they tight? Well, apparently not.
The company is alleging that Tarantino’s planned sale of NFTs based around Pulp Fiction violates the copyright Miramax hold, according to a lawsuit filed in a U.S. federal court in Los Angeles.
The lawsuit also accuses Tarantino of breach of contract, trademark infringement, and unfair competition.
Tarantino announced that he would auction seven never-before-seen scenes from Pulp Fiction as ‘Secret NFTs’ that will be built on Secret Network – a blockchain that focuses heavily on privacy. These NFTs would include scanned digital copies of handwritten script pages for those scenes, complete with audio commentary and ‘secret’ aspects that are only accessible by the owner.
Basically, this is a film nerd’s dream come true. But Miramax does not agree.
The company stated, “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.
“Left unchecked, Tarantino’s conduct could mislead others into believing Miramax is involved in his venture.
“It could also mislead others into believing they have the rights to pursue similar deals.”
Tarantino’s lawyers have responded to several cease-and-desist letters from Miramax by claiming that the NFT sales fall under the partial rights he holds from the production. These include the rights to screenplay publication – a core aspect of the NFTs.
Brayn Freedman, Tarantino’s lawyer, said that “Miramax is wrong – plain and simple… [Mr. Tarantino] has the right to sell NFTs of his handwritten script for Pulp Fiction and this ham-fisted attempt to prevent him from doing so will fail.”
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