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Maker of Bored Ape NFTs sues artist for profiting off 'copycat' images

By Bryan Pietsch

29 Jun 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

The artist being sued claims his work is a parody of the Bored Ape Yacht Club, that doesn't claim to offer any benefits. But can artists make money of derivative NFT works?

The creators of the Bored Ape non-fungible token collection - one of the best-known and most highly valued sets of digital art - sued an artist in federal court, alleging that he was "trolling" them and "scamming consumers" by making and selling copycat pieces.

Attorneys for Yuga Labs, whose "Bored Ape Yacht Club" pieces have sold for millions of dollars, filed suit Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. They accused the "self-proclaimed 'conceptual artist' " Ryder Ripps of trying to devalue their pieces by "flooding the NFT market with his own copycat NFT collection using the original Bored Ape Yacht Club images." Ripps sold his work under a similar name, "RR/BAYC."

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