Seth Green pays nearly $300,000 to recover stolen Bored Ape: BuzzFeed

Actor Seth Green paid 165 ETH (around $297,000 at the time) to recover his Bored Ape NFT, which had previously been stolen in a phishing attack.  

Green had negotiated with the alleged entity who stole the entity, who goes by Mr. Cheese, to get his NFT, according to BuzzFeed News. The Bored Ape is now back in his possession. 


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Green’s Bored Ape NFT was set to be the star of an animated television series called White Horse Tavern. Its theft put into question whether Green even had the copyrights to make his Ape a star in the first place — showcasing how murky NFT copyright and ownership still remains. 

As The Block previously reported, Green wrote on Twitter that he lost several NFTs, including Bored Ape #8398, to a phishing attack, and had been working with authorities to get them back.

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