LOS ANGELES (AP) — Miramax filed a lawsuit Tuesday against director Quentin Tarantino over the director’s plans to create and auction off a series of NFTs based on his work on “Pulp Fiction.”
The entertainment company alleges that Tarantino’s planned offerings violate the copyrights it holds to the director’s 1994 film, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles.
Tarantino has recently revealed plans to buy seven NFTsThese are non-fungible or digital tokens. They can be unique digital works and then attached to an owner using cryptocurrency technology.
To be sold next month are digitally scanned copies of handwritten script pages. These will allow for the creation of uncut scenes, as well as audio commentary. Each will also include “secret” aspects accessible only to the owner.
“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 company said in the lawsuit. “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.”
Tarantino representatives did not respond to an email requesting comment.
According to the lawsuit, Tarantino’s attorneys responded to cease-and-desist letters from Miramax by saying the sales fall under the partial rights Tarantino held from the production, including the rights to screenplay publication.
In the lawsuit, Tarantino asks for a judge’s injunction to prohibit sale of NFTs and other violations of Miramax copyrights. Tarantino also requests that Tarantino pay legal fees and all related costs.
“Pulp Fiction,” the 1994 film starring Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman and John Travolta, took Tarantino from touted indie director to major filmmaking star.
He made it with Miramax as one of several movies. Miramax’s directors were brothers Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein.
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