Miramax on Tuesday sued director Quentin Tarantino over the director’s plan to build and auction off a series of NFTs based on his work on Pulp Fiction. According to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles, the entertainment company alleges that Tarantino’s planned offering infringes the copyright of the director’s 1994 film.
Tarantino recently announced plans to sell seven NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, which are digital works that are unique and linked to a specific owner through cryptocurrency technology. The NFTs, which will go on sale next month, include scanned digital copies of handwritten script pages for uncut versions of the film’s scenes, along with audio commentary and other elements. Each would also include “secret” aspects accessible only to the owner.
The company said in the lawsuit, “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,” forced to bring.” “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 right to pursue similar deals.”
An email seeking comment sent to a representative for Tarantino was not immediately returned. According to the lawsuit, Tarantino’s attorneys responded to Miramax’s cease-and-desist letters, saying that the sale falls under Tarantino’s partial rights, including screenplay publishing rights
The lawsuit asks a judge to forbid the sale of NFTs and any similar infringement of Miramax copyrights and asks Tarantino to pay his own legal fees and any related costs. The 1994 film Pulp Fiction starring Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, and John Travolta turned Tarantino from famed indie director to major filmmaking star. It was one of several films he made with Miramax, the latter being directed by brothers Harvey and Bob Weinstein.