Bored Ape Yacht Club sued Ryder Ripps, a conceptual artist, for selling duplicates of Bored Ape non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

This weekend's lawsuit was filed in California against Ripps for allegedly promoting copycat work and a "calculated" scheme to harm BAYC.

Ripps and Yuga Labs have been at odds over Ripps' RR/BAYC-NFT series for months. These series were based on BAYC images but connected with a different cryptocurrency token.

They sold the coins for $200 each, which is a bargain compared to the real thing that currently sells for approximately $100,000. This is not simple monkey business.

The lawsuit states that it is a deliberate attempt to harm Yuga Labs by creating confusion over whether these RR/BAYC NFs are sponsored, affiliated or connected to Yuga Labs' official Bored Ape Yacht Club.

Ripps is accused of trademark infringement and false advertising. The suit seeks financial damages and a court order requiring Ripps to stop infringing upon BAYC's efforts.

This includes a ban on using "confusingly related" domain names such as apemarket.com. Ripps, who has also sold original NFTs, described his work as a twist of appropriation art. He said his work explored "the power to change meanings, establish provenance and evade censorship."

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Ripps has previously run similar projects, including a modified CryptoPunk to make fun of the series. He stated that the lawsuit "grossly mischaracterizes" the RR/BAYC Project in a Twitter statement, claiming that buyers were informed they weren't purchasing an official Bored Ape.

Yuga Labs denies that the work was a satirical comment. The work is part of a long-running vendetta against Yuga Labs -- Ripps claiming that the company is insulting its audience with racist references.

Ripps claims that the BAYC series frequently mentions coded white supremacist symbols and words, including the pseudonyms of the creators and the BAYC logo.

He also alleges that the decision to create humanoid monkeys is part of a wider racist tradition of comparing Black people with apes. The Anti-Defamation League has expressed reservations about Ripps' claims.

Yuga Labs raised the issue earlier in the year and called it "deeply painful." Gordon Goner, the co-founder of Yuga Labs, also addressed Ripps' claims in a Medium blog post.