Yuga Labs to change Bored Ape Kennel Club logo after copyright claim
Yuga Labs to change Bored Ape Kennel Club logo after copyright infringement lawsuit
Easy Drawing Guides claims copyright infringement of the Bored Ape Kennel Club logo.
Yuga Labs co-founder Greg Solano, announced On February 18, the Bored Ape Kennel Club will change its logo following allegations of copyright infringement against a company related to images from Easy Drawing Guides, a drawing education company.
Below is the BAKC logo next to an image of the Easy Drawing Guides, illustrating the obvious similarities between the two. The BAKC logo is identical to the wolf skull from the Easy Drawing Guide, which led Solano to comment: “[I] saw statements today about the BAKC logo. This was news to us and we are still investigating the situation.”
February 17 – Easy Drawing tutorials. announced that Yuga Labs does not have a license to use it “wolf skull drawing“for commercial use.
“Yuga Labs does not have a license to draw a wolf skull. The intellectual property rights to the drawing belong to Easy Drawing Guides as it is our original drawing and is protected by our Terms.
Following Solano’s BAYC OpenSea statement profile the logo has been removed. He is reported to be in touch with Easy Drawing Guides and the artist behind the BAKC logo.
NFT BAKC were launched in June 2021 and distributed free of charge to BAYC holders minus gas fees. According to Yuga Labs, royalties from secondary sales were then donated to animal charities. Solano reaffirmed this position, stating that “BAKC has raised over $1 million for animal charity” through royalties since inception.
Solano appears to have shifted some of the blame for the logo onto the contractor hired to design it, noting that he “reached out to a freelancer we hired for this design.”
At the time of publishing, BAKC is the fourth most popular on OpenSea with 3185 ETH in the last 24 hours. In addition, the minimum price of the project has skyrocketed to its highest level since January 12, when it rose to 9 ETH.
At this stage, it is unclear what the new logo might look like. However, Solano reiterated that “this collection was intended from the start to raise money for charity.”[…] will soon introduce a new logo so we can continue to do good work for a cause we care about.”
This is not the first copyright battle that Yuga Labs has been at the center of, as it recently fought Ryder Ripps and the RR developers over the use of BAYC images in the RR/BAYC collection.
The RR/BAYC collection was designed to highlight the alleged racist imagery in Yuga Labs’ design. Lehman was the developer who coded the smart contract for the RR/BAYC project and settled his lawsuit stating “I reject all disparaging statements about Yuga Labs and its founders and appreciate their positive contributions to the NFT space.”
However, the lawsuit against Ryder Ripps is still ongoing.
Credit : cryptoslate.com