Miramax filed a complaint in Los Angeles on Tuesday alleging that the director infringed “intellectual property rights relating to one of Miramax’s most well-known and valuable property” by offering to sell NFTs.
Tarantino’s representatives did not immediately respond to a CNN Business request for comment.
“On learning of Tarantino’s plan, Miramax sent him a cease-and-desist letter explaining, in great detail, Tarantino’s disregard for Miramax’s extensive rights in Pulp Fiction,” the lawsuit said. “By falsely claiming that his narrow reserved rights suffice, Tarantino remains unchecked and has refused to comply with Miramax’s demands to cancel the sale of Pulp Fiction NFTs.”
The lawsuit said Tarantino had kept Miramax in the dark regarding the sale and that this was “particularly problematic” because the director “granted and ceded nearly all of his rights in the ‘Pulp Fiction’ to Miramax in 1993.”
“Tarantino’s conduct compelled Miramax to bring this suit against an important collaborator,” the lawsuit said. “If Tarantino’s behavior is left unchecked, he may mislead others into believing that Miramax is involved in his project.”
The lawsuit alleges that Tarantino’s conduct in connection with the sale could also “mislead others into believing that they have the right to pursue similar deals or offers, when in fact Miramax holds the necessary rights to develop, market and sell NFT films related to its Deep Film Library.”
“This group has chosen to recklessly, greedily and deliberately disregard the agreement Quentin signed rather than take a clear legal and ethical approach to communicating with Miramax about his proposed ideas,” Bart Williams, an attorney representing Miramax, told CNN Business. “This one-off effort devalues the NFT rights in Pulp Fiction, which Miramax intends to maximize through a comprehensive strategic approach.”
“Pulp Fiction” is one of the most influential films of the past 30 years with a 96% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It is arguably Tarantino’s most famous movie and helped launch his famous Hollywood career.
The director has directed several award-winning films, including “Django Unchained”, “Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood” and “Inglourious Basterds”.