Movie studio Miramax has sued director Quentin Tarantino over his determination to announce a sequence of non-fungible token (NFT) collectibles primarily based on his traditional movie Pulp Fiction. The lawsuit, filed in federal courtroom in Calfornia, cites copyright and trademark infringement and a breach of contract, setting the stage for a battle over who features the rights to launch NFTs for a movie — the artist or its copyright holder.
The 22-page grievance, which is publicly obtainable courtesy of Deadline, has Miramax stating that the corporate had beforehand despatched a stop and desist letter to Tarantino asking him to cease plans to promote the Pulp Fiction NFTs, however Tarantino as an alternative “intensified and expanded” his plans.
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In response to the grievance, Miramax alleges Tarantino saved his plans to launch the NFTs of the film a secret from the studio, regardless of him figuring out that the studio owns a majority of the rights to the movie.
Miramax’s strongly-worded swimsuit claims Tarantino as being “desirous to money in on the [NFT] increase” in saying the collectables in partnership with SCRT Labs, as one of many first initiatives to launch on the Secret Community blockchain community. The seven NFTs deliberate to be launched are anticipated to be primarily based on Pulp Fiction’s authentic screenplay and have content material that solely every respective proprietor can view, equivalent to unique audio commentary with previously-unreleased content material.
The studio goes on to state that Tarantino signed over “almost all of his rights” to the film to Miramax in 1993, together with the rights to promote Pulp Fiction exclusives and secrets and techniques.
Miramax mentioned it’s searching for compensation for damages from Tarantino, and introduced ahead the lawsuit to “implement, protect and defend” its “mental property rights” and defend its copyright from different Miramax collaborators who consider “they’ve the rights to pursue related offers”.
An legal professional representing Tarantino instructed The Hollywood Reporter that the director believes his proper to “screenplay copy” permits for the creation of the NFT collectables. Miramax, in the meantime, claims that they personal the best to launch NFTs primarily based on Pulp Fiction and even have plans to take action.