Miramax sues Quentin Tarantino over ‘Pulp Fiction’ NFT auction

Miramax filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, accusing Quentin Tarantino of infringing copyright by selling NFTs based on the script for “Pulp Fiction.”

Tarantino announced the sale at a recent crypto-art convention in New York.

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“I’m excited to present these exclusive ‘Pulp Fiction’ scenes to fans,” Tarantino said in a Nov. 2 press release.

The plan is to auction off NFT – non-fungible tokens – based on excerpts from Tarantino’s original handwritten script for the film, accompanied by commentary. The NFT is listed as “secret”, which means that its contents can only be viewed by the owner.

However, according to the case, Tarantino did not consult Miramax in advance – who still owns the rights to the director’s classic from 1994. Miramax’s lawyers have sent a letter of resignation to try to block the sale, but that has not prevented Tarantino and his team from moving forward.

Miramax claims that Tarantino’s actions have disrupted the studio’s own plans to enter the market for “Pulp Fiction” NFTs.

In a statement, Miramax lawyer Bart Williams accused Tarantino’s team of a “deliberate, pre-meditated, short-term money grab.”

“This group chose ruthlessly, greedily and deliberately to ignore the agreement that Quentin signed, instead of following the clear legal and ethical approach of simply communicating with Miramax about his proposed ideas,” Williams said. “This one-off effort devalues ​​the NFT rights to ‘Pulp Fiction’, which Miramax intends to maximize through a strategic, comprehensive approach.”

The case seems to revolve around the question of whether the sale of NFTs based on extracts from a manuscript qualifies as a “publication” of the manuscript. According to the case, Tarantino’s lawyer has told Miramax that Tarantino retained the right to publish his manuscript in the Miramax contract and that he exercises this right through the NFT sale.

Miramax claims that NFTs are a one-time sale and do not correspond to the publication of a manuscript and that Miramax therefore owns the NFT rights.

The case alleges breach of contract, copyright infringement, trademark infringement and unfair competition.

Tarantino’s representative declined to comment.

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