(Reuters) – Miramax LLC sued filmmaker Quentin Tarantino on Tuesday to dam its longtime collaborator’s public sale of non-fungible tokens associated to his hit 1994 movie “Pulp Fiction.”
Tarantino’s deliberate December sale of seven NFTs of “exclusive scenes” from the movie with out Miramax’s permission breaches a contract and infringes the studio’s logos and copyrights within the film, based on the complaint filed in Los Angeles federal courtroom.
Miramax financed and distributed Tarantino’s traditional movie in 1994. The studio mentioned its contract with Tarantino gave it all the rights to “Pulp Fiction” apart from particular ones reserved for the director, together with rights in its soundtrack, potential spinoffs or sequels and associated print publications.
Tarantino couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
NFTs are non-transferable digital property recorded on blockchain that give their house owners unique rights to particular content material. The criticism mentioned blockchain supplier Secret Community introduced earlier this month that Tarantino could be auctioning NFTs of seven “uncut Pulp Fiction scenes” with “previously unknown secrets” and unique content material together with the movie’s first handwritten scripts and new commentary from the director.
Tarantino “made no efforts to contact Miramax prior to his coordinated press campaign, despite having what were likely extensive negotiations with third parties to develop and sell the NFTs,” based on the lawsuit.
Miramax mentioned it despatched Tarantino a cease-and-desist letter two days after the announcement, however his legal professional responded that the auctions have been inside his publication rights below their settlement. The criticism mentioned Tarantino then expanded the sale to incorporate props and pictures of characters from the movie.
Miramax requested the courtroom for damages and to dam the director from violating its IP rights, amongst different issues.
Miramax legal professional Bart Williams of Proskauer Rose known as the NFT sale a “deliberate, pre-meditated, short-term money grab by the Tarantino team” in a press release.
Secret Community’s mother or father firm SCRT Labs did not instantly reply to a request for remark.
Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob Weinstein based Miramax in 1979. Walt Disney Co purchased the studio in 1993. The Weinsteins left Miramax in 2005, and ViacomCBS Inc purchased a 49% stake within the firm from Qatar’s BeIN Media Group in 2019.
“Pulp Fiction” was Miramax’s first main launch after the Disney acquisition and grossed greater than $213 million worldwide.
The case is Miramax LLC v. Tarantino, U.S. District Courtroom for the Central District of California, No. 2:21-cv-08979.
For Miramax: Bart Williams and Jeffrey Neuberger of Proskauer Rose
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