A few weeks ago, actor Seth Green lost four blue chip NFTs to a phishing attack. Last week, we found out Green could also lose his new TV show.
Holders of Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs also own the underlying intellectual property for their Apes. This means Bored Ape NFT holders can create and sell products featuring the specific Apes they hold.
Green invested and starred in a TV show about his Ape called White Horse Tavern. The show is a cartoon/live-action hybrid comedy about a bartender Ape voiced by Green. As far as I can tell, the show is finished, but since Green no longer holds the show's Ape, it's unclear if Green can release White Horse Tavern.
Bored Ape #8398 is currently held by an artist and collector known as DarkWing84. Not much is known about DarkWing84, but their Twitter bio is officially hilarious now:
Street Photographer. Experimental Photographer. All images are artist own.
DarkWing84 paid 106.5 ETH for the Ape. At a price that high, it seem like DarkWing84 did not knowingly received stolen goods, so it's unclear if they need to return the Ape.
Although Green maintains that he still holds the legal rights to his stolen Ape and its likeness, it's not clear if he's correct. Green has been reaching out to DarkWing84 for weeks on Twitter with no response. Someone even resorted to registering an ENS domain named "contactsethgreenontwitter.eth" and sending it to DarkWing84.
I feel bad for Seth Green. It seems like he put quite a bit of time and energy into White Horse Tavern. It's strange that a TV show's IP rights could be stolen.