Actor Seth Green has said to be a victim of a big theft. This happened after a copyrighted digital artwork of a monkey from him by the scammers. The 48-year-old actor was using the artwork which is a Non-Fungible Token (NFT). Following this, he could now confront being sued for broadcasting his artwork. The cartoon monkey is known as Fred Simian. It is now officially the domain of its new owner.
Although Fred could easily propagate his status as an NFT means because such reproductions come within intellectual property rules and copyright. The White Horse Tavern show features a real bar located in Manhattan’s West Village. One of the bartenders is Fred Simian, and he is part of an NFT collective known as Bored Ape Yacht club by Seth Green.
Seth Green Announced That the Character Had Been Stolen by Hackers
The animated character which Seth Green got interacts with real actors in the 1880s bar location. The production of this show has set to a pause after the lead character is said to be kidnapped. On May 17, Green announced that the character was stolen, he asked for its return on social media and also claimed that he can still broadcast the show. This has been said because Fred Simian was stolen and copyright rules do not apply in that case. He shared a tweet saying:
“Well, frens it happened to me.”
“Got phished and had 4NFT stolen.”
He also posted pictures of the four characters that were looted, containing Fred Simian. Seth Green said he was pursuing legal action:
“Looking forward to precedent-setting debates on IP ownership & exploitation, having spent 18 years studying copyright & the industry laws.”
The actor likes artists including Justin Bieber, Paris Hilton, and Snoop Dogg has exuberantly grasped the ‘Bored Ape’ brand of NFTs. And it has been said that he wanted to be a legal pioneer. One Twitter user commented on it:
“Green no longer owns the commercial rights to the NFT and thus the show cannot move forward.”
Seth Green replied:
“Not true since the art was stolen. A buyer who purchased stolen art with real money and refuses to return it is not legally entitled to exploitation usage of the underlying IP.”
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Not only this, but earlier this month Elon Musk shortly changed his Twitter profile picture to a $24.4 million NFT. That too before even asking the co-head of Sotheby’s digital art division to take the image down.