Seth Green developed an animated show around a bored monkey that was stolen. Now what?


Hollywood actress Seth Green can’t take a break. He fell into a phishing attack and someone stole 4 valuable NFTs from him. Bored Ape Yacht Club, two mutant monkeys, and exactly one Doodle. As if that wasn’t enough, Green was developing an animated show about boring monkeys.

BAYC was one of the first collections to grant holders commercial rights to the apes they owned. The problem is that Seth Green no longer owns the NFT. To make matters worse, the hacker sold the Bored Ape to an NFT collector sold by DarkWing84 for around $200K.

and as “Professor of Intellectual Property and Technology Law” Eric Goldman told BuzzFeed, “usually a bona fide buyer does not even know it is a hot item and is legally protected when he buys it.” This fact elevates this whole situation to the state of a landmark event. if it reaches Seth Green has been actively working with DarkWing84 to resolve the issue privately.

When Bitcoinist first reported the hack, he described the situation as follows:

“Seth Green said in a tweet on Wednesday that he fell victim to a phishing scammer who took a lot of expensive NFTs from his cryptocurrency wallet.
The Hollywood star, known for films like Robot Chicken, The Italian Job, and Party Monsters, begged everyone not to buy NFTs from scammers and tagged one of his clients to find a solution.”

Seth Green tweeted, “Don’t buy or trade while I’m working on it. Looks like DarkWing84 bought the stolen apes. Contact me so we can fix it.” At the time, no one knew about the show he was developing.

What do we know about Seth Green’s “White Horse Tavern” show?

Well, the BuzzFeed article describes the anime show as follows:

“On Saturday, Green teased the trailer for White Horse Tavern at the NFT conference VeeCon. The tweet-comedy show seems to be based on the question “What if your friendly neighborhood bartender is Bored Ape Yacht Club #8398?”

And here’s the “White Horse Tavern” trailer. Is the show in TV quality?

And after Seth Green released the trailer at VeeCon, BuzzFeed provides the following quote from the event:

“I bought the monkey in July 2021 and over the past few months I’ve been developing and leveraging the IP to make it a star on this show,” Green told Vaynerchuk. “But a few days ago – his name is Fred – was literally kidnapped ahead of his world debut.”

Does all of this sound too convenient? Because anything that opens your eyes to a show can be a scam. On the other hand, phishing attacks happen every day.

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Legal issues and possible solutions

This case is more complicated than you might think. Twitter lawyers believe thieves don’t get IP rights since monkeys were stolen. But there are more layers here. Sold by scammers. The new owner has an NFT and that’s what grants IP rights to the Bored Ape. Everything is messed up.

To clarify the situation, BuzzFeed quotes tax and litigation attorney Daniel Dubin.

“If the current owners wanted to “provoke trouble for Seth Green, they probably could.” Because that person becomes the owner of the commercial use rights.”

And on the platform side, “All 4 NFTs taken from Green are now flagged as “suspicious activity” warnings.” OpenSea spokesperson Allie Mack told BuzzFeed:

“We do not have the authority to freeze or delist NFTs that exist on decentralized blockchains. However, it disables the ability to buy or sell stolen items using OpenSea.”

Last but not least, after the news came out, Seth Green responded to one of the first places to report the situation. “A buyer who purchases stolen art for real money and refuses to return it has no legal right to abuse the underlying IP. I’m going to court, but I’d like to meet DarkWing84 before that. “I think we have a lot in common,” he said. The man looks hopeful. Hopefully the parties involved can figure something out in the negotiation.

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