MetaBirkins Maker Rothschild Blasts Hermes After NFT Trademark Decision
Key Points: MetaBirkins designer Mason Rothschild was clear in his response to the Manhattan federal juror’s finding that the NFT artist infringed upon the trademark rights of the renowned French luxury brand Hermes.
On Twitter, the NFT artist suggested that the luxury brand was after him because he did not have a traditional artistic background.
The designer of MetaBirkins was Mason Rothschild. He was clear in his response to the Manhattan federal juror’s finding that the NFT artist had violated the trademark rights of the renowned French luxury label Hermes.
Rothschild wrote in a long Twitter post, “Take nine people from the street right now and question them about art. But the kicker is that whatever they say will now be the undisputed truth.” “That’s exactly what happened today. A luxury fashion house worth multibillions of dollars that claims they care about art and artists.
On Wednesday, a nine-member jury ruled that MetaBirkins NFTs were not protected by the First Amendment and the freedom of speech. Rothschild was ordered to pay Hermes $133,000 for trademark infringement damages. The lawsuit could have a lasting impact on the non-fungible token marketplace, where many designers often steal images or iconography from well-known intellectual property works. Rothschild transformed the Birkin handbag into digital, blockchain-enabled versions. In its physical form, a unique bag can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to The New York Times Rothschild estimated that he earned approximately $125,000 from the NFTs. He also suggested that the luxury brand was after him because he did not have a traditional artistic background.
Rothschild stated that “[They] feel that they have the right” to decide what art is and who IS an artist.” “Not because they create, but because their CVs don’t scream artist with an academic pedigree from a top art school. This is what happened today.
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