Tarantino Sued Over Pulp Fiction NFT Drop• November 16, 2021 7:43 pm • Comments
Fans around the world rejoiced over the recent announcement of Pulp Fiction inspired NFT’s.
However, the fanfare was short lived when Miramax, the studio which owns many of the rights to Pulp Fiction, sued legendary director Quentin Tarantino over his proposed NFT drop.
Miramax claims that Tarantino doesn’t have the right to distribute these digital collectibles because he does not own all the intellectual property rights to Pulp Fiction.
The specific allegations brought on by Miramax include: breach of contract, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, and unfair competition.
It remains to be seen who will come out on top of the lawsuit, or if both parties will reach a settlement outside of court. That being said, this legal action may set a precedent relating to intellectual property rights, and the right to distribute NFT’s.
Here’s more on the story:
What was your favorite moment from @NFT_NYC? This is mine. People's heads will explode when they see the private content. pic.twitter.com/1KItEp5j8H
— Tarantino NFTs (@TarantinoNFTs) November 13, 2021
At issue are “reserved rights” regarding commercialization of the project, as specified in the original 1993 agreements between Tarantino and the studio. Miramax claims that Tarantino’s rights are “far too narrow” to release his own independent NFTs based on the film.
However, an attorney for Tarantino told The Hollywood Reporter that the director believes his right to “screenplay reproduction” allows for the creation of the NFT collectibles.
Can't wait to see how the Tarantino NFT situation develops.
IP rights // NFTs are quite a spicy intersection. pic.twitter.com/Y9g4VAxdPc
— Jordan Spence (spencecoin.eth) (@spencecoin) November 16, 2021
“If you want to make a movie, make it. Don’t wait for a grant, don’t for the perfect circumstance just make it” – Quentin Tarantino
This one goes out to the builders in the #NFT community. From one creative to another. We see you 👀 pic.twitter.com/p6xEhD2c0z
— Tarantino NFTs (@TarantinoNFTs) November 14, 2021
Hollywood Reporter further clarified the director’s rights as per his contract with Miramax:
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.”
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