NFT Collection, an offshoot of the bored ape, has sparked lawsuits over copyrights. The popularity of the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT collection is undeniable, to the point where a number of divestitures have evolved, resulting in a legal struggle amongst digital artists.
Caked Apes, a BAYC offshoot series based on the popularity of the cartoon monkey NFTs, premiered in January. On the NFT marketplace OpenSea, there are 49 colorful Caked Apes advertised with four owners, but there is no pricing information on the platform or on CryptoSlam.Each collection’s creators are now suing each other over caricature designs and money splits.
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In federal courts in Los Angeles, two competing lawsuits have been filed. Late last week, Taylor Whitley, the owner of 11 Bored Apes, filed a lawsuit alleging that the Caked Ape crew infringed on his digital designs and kicked him out of the project.
On March 20, Jacob Nygard and three other CA collection owners filed their own lawsuit, accusing Whitley of attempting to take control of their joint venture. Whitley was also accused of abusing federal copyright laws in order to get the collection removed from internet auction sites.
On March 21, the Caked Apes team posted an update, stating:
Taylor tried to renege on our agreed-upon contract and claim a bigger piece of the pie once Caked Apes’ sales took off, despite the fact that he had no legal or ethical grounds to back up his allegations.”
Nygard’s lawyer, John Snow, described the case as “one of the first cases dealing with the Bored Ape licence and what’s allowed and what’s not allowed.”
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Whitley’s licence to his former Caked Apes partners was terminated, according to the report, because his digital art agency never got the “agreed-upon amount of money.”
According to the lawsuit, nearly 9,000 Caked Apes NFTs were sold out, generating $1.9 million in direct sales and $225,000 in royalties from secondary sales.
According to Whitley’s lawyer, John Purcell, he was “involved in all stages of the founding, creation, and launch of Caked Apes and has been wrongfully separated from his works.”
Whitley, on the other hand, asserts that he “contributed no original designs to the Caked Apes productions,” according to the four-person Caked Ape crew.
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