NFT artist Ryder Ripps and his co-founder Jeremy Cahen are facing difficulties in getting the lawsuit filed against them by Bored Ape Yacht Club dismissed. Their attorney argued that the case should be dismissed on the grounds of free speech, claiming that the knock-off Bored Ape NFTs were sold as a form of protest against alleged hidden anti-Semitic imagery in the original collection. The attorney also emphasized that the NFTs were sold as avant-garde artistic expression, pushing the boundaries of free speech. He further argued that the lawsuit should be dismissed under California's anti-SLAPP law, which prevents intimidating lawsuits. The judges, however, appeared skeptical of these arguments and focused on the secondary sale of the copycat NFTs. The legal battle began when Ripps accused Bored Ape NFTs of containing racist imagery, leading to the launch of his own NFT project, RR/BAYC, as a form of conceptual art protest. Yuga Labs, the company behind Bored Ape Yacht Club, initiated legal proceedings, accusing Ripps and Cahen of trademark infringement and other charges. In response, Ripps claimed that RR/BAYC was a form of satire and appropriation. In April, a court found that Ripps and Cahen had infringed Yuga Lab's trademarks, and Yuga Labs is entitled to damages and an injunction. However, the exact scope of damages is yet to be determined.
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