Yuga Labs Charges Original Otherside NFT Creator over trademark Infringement
Yuga Labs demanded the deletion of the “othersidenft.com” domain website and other related references from the initial owner, Alberto Herrera.
Initial Otherside NFT creator Alberto Herrera narrates his ordeal with Yuga Labs as the BAYC creators filed a complaint against him over using the word “Otherside” on his website. Narrating through his Twitter handle (@AlbertoHra), he tells of how he owned the domain before the announcement of Yuga Labs’ metaverse known as OthersideMeta.
Herrera claimed to have bought the domain "https://othersidenft.com" in September 2021. He created the website for his personal NFT project, which aimed at fighting human trafficking. Among his works are “Day of the Dead”, “Rome”, and “Las Vegas. He further proved that his website uses the name “Otherside '', and he also has accounts registered with Instagram and Twitter, and his NFT collection is also launched on Open Sea under the same name.
Six months after establishing his accounts, Yuga Labs announced their metaverse as OthersideMeta. Herrera didn’t have any pronounced complaints until he got notified by his hosting service Appdetex that his website infringed Yuga Labs’ trademark. It was demanded that he remove all references mentioning “Otherside” from his NFT project. His hosting service believes Yuga Labs is the rightful owner; therefore, he should delete the site.
The creator believes he is in an anti-Web3 environment and perceives Yuga Labs’ complaint as a weird one. He opposed the request by showing proof of ownership. He also mentioned that he would get across to Yuga Labs and make his position clear. The narration concluded with further tweets from Herrera which revealed that Yuga Labs has apologized to him. He also stated that they had made donations to NGOs that fight against human trafficking to support the cause of his project.