Pulp Fiction NFT, Quentin Tarantino sued by Miramax


Miramax denounced Quentin Tarantino for the issue of NFTs related to Pulp Fiction: the production company claims that the NFT is a type of content that does not fall within the rights reserved to the director, and that therefore the initiative constitutes a copyright and trademark infringement; Regardless of the specific case, Miramax is keen to resolve the NFT issue in the bud and discourage the directors of his other films from undertaking similar initiatives.

As often happens when something new comes out that is not expressly foreseen by the law, everyone ends up interpreting it a bit as it suits them and ultimately such diatribes emerge. Miramax says for example that users might mistake Tarantino’s content as official Pulp Fiction licensed merchandise products, but they are not. Under contract the rights reserved by Tarantino for the film, which include “interactive games, live performances and other auxiliary media”, continues Miramax, Tarantino has the right to publish online some pages of his original script, but an NFT is a one-to-one transaction , and Tarantino himself emphasizes that the buyer can decide to keep the content itself and never show it to anyone. Therefore it does not fall within the concept of publication.

Say NFT one more time: Miramax sues Quentin Tarantino for copyright and trademark infringement over his NFTs. Tarantino says the NFTs will reveal “secrets” about the movie scenes.

Thanks @GeneMaddaus for posting the complaint.https: //t.co/rdBeuoRRG6

– Mark Jaffe, SF Bay Area by way of Brooklyn. Lawyer (@MarkJKings) November 17, 2021

Tarantino naturally disagrees , and says that with his initiative he is essentially publishing parts of a script with some additional embellishment, such as drawings. Miramax however, in his complaint, also points out that the contract signed with Tarantino at the time grants the director a very wide range of rights, but includes a number of exceptions relating to multimedia formats that were not yet known at the time.

Not the first time producers / labels and artists have quarreled over NFTs: earlier this summer RAF Records, co-founded by Jay-Z and Damon Dash, had denounced Damon Dash in relation to an NFT on Jay-Z’s first album, Reasonable Doubt released in 1996. In other situations, when the producers are involved, or better yet at the helm, right away, things go smoothly – think for example of what happened during the Space Jam reboot.

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