• Yuga Labs recently had to take down the logo for Bored Ape Kennel Club (BAKC) after intellectual property issues were raised by NFT artist COLOMBO.
• The drawing was originally created by design firm Easy Drawing Guides and posted in April 2021, but no license or permission was secured from the original artist even though their terms and conditions explicitly prohibit its proprietary content from being used for commercial contexts.
• Yuga Labs co-founder Greg Solano has issued a statement confirming the takedown of all advertorial materials.
Yuga Labs, the creators behind the NFT community responsible for such crypto art hits such as the Bored Ape Yacht Club, recently had to take down the logo for Bored Ape Kennel Club (BAKC) after intellectual property issues were raised.
Intellectual Property Issue
The issue was first raised by COLOMBO, an NFT artist. After COLOMBO’s disclosure, the owners of the illustration swiftly responded confirming that the figure in question was indeed theirs. Easy Drawing Guides is a design firm focused in drawing tutorials for children and beginners. The drawing was first advertised by Easy Drawing Guides as „an easy step-by-step drawing tutorial“ for trying to draw a wolf skull and it was protected by their Terms and Conditions.
This prompted Yuga Labs to remove all usage of the image across its platform and social media presence. The BAKC collection saw initial release in June 2021, with a trademark for the logo applied in November of the same year. This event is both shocking and ironic in that the core idea behind NFTs is to help resolve the very issue that is now at hand: intellectual property, and the protection of artists from theft.
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