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Miramax Studios sues Quentin Tarantino over Pulp Fiction NFT auction

The studio claimed that Tarantino did not consult the production company, though it already has certain broad rights to the film 

Megha Mukundan
Nov 18, 2021
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Hollywood studio Miramax filed a lawsuit against director Quentin Tarantino for his plans to sell non-fungible tokens based on the screenplay for his 1994 classic Pulp Fiction. According to the case filed in federal court in Los Angeles, the entertainment company accused that Tarantino’s selling plans violate the copyrights of the film.

NFTs, or non-fungible token is a cryptocurrency technology through which digital works are rendered to a specific owner. The director had recently announced his plans to sell seven NFTs, which includes scanned digital copies of handwritten script for the uncensored scenes from the movie. This also has the confidential aspects that are only accessible to the owner.

The 90s American crime black comedy movie which tells the stories of a few criminals in Los Angeles was distributed by Miramax Films. The studio claimed that Tarantino did not consult the production company, though it already has certain broad rights to the film as the director had granted nearly all of his rights to Miramax in 1993.

The studio further explained in the suit that the consumers could be misinterpreted into believing that Miramax was associated with the sale, which could interrupt the company’s own NFT plans. The company has registered a complaint seeking a jury trial and unspecified monetary damages.

Directed by Tarantino, Pulp Fiction has developed a cult following among the fans, more than any other Tarantino film. The movie starring John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson and Uma Thurman is still a run among global audiences. The director won an Academy Award for the screenplay, and several other Oscar nominations including the one for best direction. According to the studio, the movie had also grossed more than $213 million worldwide.


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