Someone Stole Seth Green’s Ape NFT And Now He Has To Stop Doing The TV Show He Was Developing Around


BuzzFeed News – Actor and producer Seth Green had several NFTs stolen this month after succumbing to a phishing scam that inadvertently threw a wrench into the plan for his new animated series. The upcoming show was developed using characters from Green’s vast NFT collection, but in light of the recent hack, the project’s blatant crypto-optimism has become a tragically tongue-in-cheek reminder of the industry’s darker side.

On Saturday, Green teased a trailer for White Horse Tavern during the NFT VeeCon conference. A twee comedy, the show seems to be based around the question, “What if your friendly neighborhood bartender was Bored Ape Yacht Club #8398?” In an interview with entrepreneur and crypto hype Gary Vaynerchuk, Green said he wanted to imagine a universe where “it doesn’t matter what you look like, what matters is your attitude.”

Unfortunately for Green, what also matters is copyright law. And when the actor’s NFT collection was stolen by a scammer in early May, he lost the commercial rights to his show’s cartoon protagonist, a scruffy Bored Ape named Fred Simian, whose likeness and usage rights now belong to someone else.

“I bought this monkey in July 2021 and spent the last few months developing and exploiting the IP to make it the star of this show,” Green told Vaynerchuk. “Then a few days before – his name is Fred by the way – a few days before he was to make his world debut, he was literally kidnapped.”

My understanding of NFTs is limited to the following: I’m happy when people lose money on them. If you spend tens of thousands of dollars buying a digital photo of a monkey wearing a funny hat so you can make it into a TV show and that monkey photo gets stolen, I mean. I would go so far as to say that NFTs taught me that I actually have a utilitarian view of flight. I support NFT thieves.

And judging from what we know of this show that will no longer exist, whoever stole this NFT has done the world a great service.

I’m glad Seth’s monkey got “kidnapped”. Also, we’re pretty liberal saying the NFT was stolen when it was admittedly done through a phishing scam. It’s on you, brother. Green looks like the kind of guy who would buy $900 worth of Amazon gift cards if he got a text saying to do it too.

If it’s any consolation, Green can right-click on his monkey’s image and possess the exact same thing he possessed before. He’s going to come out with a shit of money again.


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