Pulp Fiction: Miramax sues Quentin Tarantino for unreleased scenes auctioned through NFT

Miramax has decided to sue Quentin Tarantino for his decision to auction unreleased scenes from Pulp Fiction in the form of NTF.

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The Miramax he has sued director Quentin Tarantino for the intention of auctioning seven scene inedite from Pulp Fiction as non-fungible tokens, or NFTs.

Harvey Keitel and Quentin Tarantino in a scene from Pulp Fiction

Earlier this month, Quentin Tarantino announced plans to release seven NFT content based on the film, including audio commentary from the director and handwritten parts of the original script. Miramax claims to have sent a letter of formal notice to the director after the announcement, to no avail. The study says building NFT partnerships based on its movie library would be in question and that Tarantino’s deal would devalue those efforts.

John Travolta in a scene from Pulp Fiction

John Travolta in a scene from Pulp Fiction

“Quentin Tarantino’s conduct 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 cinematographic properties.”, the company wrote in its lawsuit, the Hollywood Reporter reported. “Left unchecked, Tarantino’s conduct could lead others to believe that Miramax is involved in his venture. It could also mislead others into believing that they have the rights to pursue similar deals or offers, when in fact Miramax has the necessary rights. to develop, market and sell NFTs related to its extensive movie library “.

The “Tarantino NFT Collection” was launched in collaboration with SCRT Labs and the Secret Network, which are looking to create a new type of NFT with “secret” content embedded within it. Pulp Fiction NFTs would have a publicly visible portion while the content (including unedited script sections) would only be visible to the owner.

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According to a copy of Tarantino’s contract with Miramax for Pulp Fiction, the director retained some rights to the film, including “soundtrack album, music publishing, live performance, print publication (including, without limitation, script publishing, making of books, comics and novels, including in audio and electronic format, as applicable), interactive media, theatrical and television sequel and remake rights and television series and spin-off rights “.

In response to Miramax’s letter of formal notice, Quentin Tarantino’s attorney argued that the director was acting within his “Reserved Rights”, specifically the right to “publish the script”. Ultimately, understanding the limitations on those reserved rights (especially interactive media and script publishing) will be key, as NFTs weren’t something studios or directors were thinking about in the early 1990s.

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