The studio also said in its suit that consumers could be confused in believing Miramax was associated with Mr Tarantino’s sale of the NFTs, which could hinder the company’s own plans to sell NFTs from its library.
“Miramax will defend all of its rights in relation to its library, including rights in relation to NFTs, and will not allow Quentin’s representatives to deceive others into believing that they have the authority to make similar agreements in violation of the rights agreements they have signed.” Bart. H. Williams, a lawyer representing Miramax in the suit, said.
The company is seeking a jury trial and unspecified monetary damages.
“Pulp Fiction,” perhaps more than any other Tarantino film, developed a cult following among fans who created memes, videos, and costumes based on scenes and characters. Directed and written by Mr. Tarantino, the film, which starred John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman, followed two mafia assassins, a boxer, a gangster and his wife as their lives intersected.
Mr. Tarantino won an Academy Award for screenwriting for the film, and it received several other Oscar nominations, including best film, best director and for acting for Mr. Travolta, Mr. Jackson and Mrs. Thurman. The film grossed more than $ 213 million worldwide, according to the studio.
Mr. Tarantino’s expedition into the rich and sometimes eccentric world of NFTs takes place when various celebrities and athletes have accepted the tokens. The market for them has exploded this year, and owners of popular videos and memes have made money, selling their rights to digital art, ephemerality and media.
In February, Nyan Cat, a lively flying cat with a Pop-Tart torso that leaves a rainbow trail, sold for about $ 580,000. In April, “Disaster Girl,” a photo memo of a child smiling at the camera while a house is burning in her neighborhood, sold at an NFT auction for $ 500,000. And in May, the original 2007 video “Charlie Bit My Finger,” in which a baby bites his older brother’s finger, sold as NFT for $ 760,999. The family that created it said it would remove the original from YouTube.