Update (November 17): Quentin Tarantino’s legal professional, Bryan Freedman, has issued the next assertion on Miramax’s lawsuit towards him: “Miramax is wrong – plain and simple. Quentin Tarantino’s contract is clear: he has the right to sell NFTs of his hand-written script for Pulp Fiction and this ham-fisted attempt to prevent him from doing so will fail. But Miramax’s callous decision to disclose confidential information about its filmmakers’ contracts and compensation will irreparably tarnish its reputation long after this case is dismissed.”
Earlier (November 16): Miramax has filed a lawsuit towards Quentin Tarantino over an NFT challenge involving “Pulp Fiction.” The Oscar winner introduced firstly of November that he was placing seven uncut scenes from “Pulp Fiction” up for public sale as Secret NFTs on OpenSea, the world’s largest NFT market. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Miramax despatched a cease-and-desist letter to Tarantino after the announcement however the NFT challenge continued. Now the studio alleges the NFT challenge violates their mental property settlement.
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“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,” Miramax wrote in its lawsuit. “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 rights to pursue similar deals or offerings, when in fact Miramax holds the rights needed to develop, market, and sell NFTs relating to its deep film library.”
In an announcement earlier this month, Tarantino mentioned he was “excited to be presenting these exclusive scenes from ‘Pulp Fiction’ to fans.” The challenge announcement added the “secret content [up for auction] is one-of-a-kind, has never been seen or heard before, and will include the uncut first handwritten scripts of ‘Pulp Fiction’ and exclusive custom commentary from Tarantino, revealing secrets about the film and its creator.”
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter: “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, screenplay publication, making of books, comic books and novelization, in audio and electronic formats as well, as applicable), interactive media, theatrical and television sequel and remake rights, and television series and spinoff rights.”
Tarantino’s legal professional responded to Miramax’s accusation by claiming Tarantino is appearing in his “Reserved Right” with regard to “screenplay publication.” But Miramax’s legal professional responded: “This group chose to recklessly, greedily, and intentionally disregard the agreement that Quentin signed instead of following the clear legal and ethical approach of simply communicating with Miramax about his proposed ideas. This one-off effort devalues the NFT rights to ‘Pulp Fiction,’ which Miramax intends to maximize through a strategic, comprehensive approach. Miramax will defend all of its rights in regard to its library, including rights relating to NFTs, and will not allow Quentin’s representatives to deceive others into believing they have the authority to make similar deals in violation of the rights agreements they signed.”
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