Quentin Tarantino has NFT plans for “Pulp Fiction”, Miramax sues him

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(AFP) – Director Quentin Tarantino is sued in Los Angeles by Miramax studios who are contesting his right to sell in the form of NFT, works of art virtual secure, unused scenes from his screenplay for “Pulp Fiction”.

Quentin Tarantino announced in early November his plan to make NFTs from seven scenes from the handwritten screenplay for ” Pulp Fiction “which were not used in the film. Each of these NFTs would also contain an “exclusive” audio commentary from the director revealing a “secret” about the film and its creator.

These seven NFTs, certificates of authenticity associated with a virtual object that they make unique, are supposed to be auctioned. Only the purchaser will have access to their content, it being up to him to decide whether or not he wishes to reveal them to the public.

But the Miramax studios which produced “Pulp Fiction “in 1994, consider that Quentin Tarantino exceeds his rights in the matter and qualify this operation as” breach of contract “.

According to the complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles and of which AFP has consulted a copy, Miramax wrote in early November to the artist asking him to give up his NFT projects, claiming to hold all the rights to the screenplay for “Pulp Fiction “, whether these are scenes used or not.

According to the complaint, the director would have argued that he had” reserved rights “allowing him in particular to publish the script of the film in written form.

But Miramax believes that the NFT project exceeds this format and asks the court to block the implementation of the project, claiming in passing to Quentin Tarantino damage and interest ts of an unspecified amount.

“Tarantino’s behavior forced Miramax to file this complaint against an esteemed employee in order to enforce and protect their intellectual and contractual rights on one of the most emblematic and precious Miramax films “, writes the firm in its complaint.

This initiative of the director” could lead some to think that they have the right to embark on similar businesses when in reality, it is Miramax which holds the rights to develop and market NFTs in connection with its large catalog of films “, continues the company, created in 1979 by the brothers Robert and Harvey Weinstein and today owned by BeIN Media and Viacom CBS.

Almost unknown a year ago, the NFTs represent for some the new goose that lays golden eggs in the contemporary art market.

These digital objects have broken records at auctions, at C hristie’s, where a fully digital work by American artist Beeple was auctioned for 69, $ 3 million in March, or at Sotheby’s, where the program at the Origin of the web was sold for $ 5.4 million at the end of June.

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