Quentin Tarantino, acclaimed film director, is being sued by Miramax, a Hollywood film producer and distributor, over the auction of a series of NFTs related to “Pulp Fiction”, one of the director’s most popular films. The contradiction lies in the interpretation of the Miramax parts from the initial agreement, arguing that the NFT does not constitute the publication of any part of the sale script.
Miramax has sued Quentin Tarantino
Miramax, the Hollywood movie company, has sued acclaimed film director Quentin Tarantino for the upcoming auction of the Pulp Fiction-themed NFT series. Tarantino announced that it would auction off a series of items never seen before the movie in NFT format, including scenes from the famous “Royal With Cheese” handwritten screenplay. The auction will use a blockchain called Secret Network, which will allow the content of this NFT to be kept secret until the item is sold.
Miramax confirms that Tarantino has the right to publish any print of the script, not part of the NFTs. The lawsuit states:
The proposed sale of a few original script pages or scenes as an NFT is a one-time transaction, which does not constitute a publication and in no event falls within the intended meaning of ‘print release’ or ‘screenplay publication’.
The lawsuit further states that the right to sell any NFT is owned and controlled by Miramax.
Brian Friedman, Tarantino’s attorney, has challenged the validity of Miramax’s claim that the director “had the right to sell NFT of his handwritten script for pulp fiction and that this ham-fisted attempt to stop him from doing so would fail.” Williams emphasized that the details of Miramax’s contract with Tarantino would tarnish the company’s image. This means that Tarantino is planning to fight these charges in court.
This is one of the first high-profile cases to sue NFT and Hollywood production. Many other celebrities and artists have already issued and released NFT drops to take advantage of the NFT frenzy to open up new and alternative sources of revenue earlier this year. In this sense, Miramax attorney Bert Williams says Tarantino’s announcement lowers the standard of Pulp Fiction IP.
This single effort undermines the NFT rights of Pulp Fiction, which Miramax seeks to maximize through a strategic, comprehensive approach.
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