Manchester United Allegedly Copied Art for its NFT Collection
- Manchester United Football Club’s NFT collection resembles the art collection of popular artist Lucréce.
- NFT artist Lucréce is in talks with Tezos co-founder Arthur Breitman as to why his design was copied without consent.
- Lucréce’s NFT collection is substantially more expensive and older than that of Manchester United with an average price of 21 ETH.
- The artist revealed that he is hoping to reach a mutually beneficial agreement with Manchester United.
NFT artist Lucréce is in talks with Tezos co-founder Arthur Breitman to find out why renowned football club Manchester United’s new NFT collection features designs similar to his style and aesthetics without his consent.
Notably, the artist’s collection, which is one of Tezos’ most popular series, is substantially more expensive and older than that of Manchester United, with an average NFT price of about 21 ETH ($24,919). The Red Devils’ 7,777 NFTs, on the other hand, were each sold for around $40, quickly going out of stock.
In his recent tweet from December 28, the artist revealed that he is hoping to reach a mutually beneficial agreement with Manchester United. The similarities between Lucréce’s artwork and that of Manchester United are so striking that some online community members have questioned whether the artist was involved in the Manchester United project.
Although the artist took care to avoid accusing Manchester United outright of copying his works, he posted an image on Twitter comparing the two pieces of art so that people could form their own opinions.
According to the terms and conditions of the United Collection, TRILITECH PLATFORM OÜ, “the for-profit arm of the Tezos foundation,” created the NFTs. Therefore, the Tezos Foundation has granted them the authority to mint and sell Manchester United’s digital collection.
The Devils collection is the second digital collectible drop by the English football team. Each token has its own set of attributes and allows the owner to have exclusive AMAs, private competitions, and other “surprises,” as well as exclusive airdrops. This would be the next phase of a more extensive collaboration between the team and Tezos.
Later today, Lucréce shared on the social networking site that he had received a response from Manchester United with the intention of coming to an arrangement. He thanked Tezos Community and Tezos for their support, and explained that the football club had not contacted him because of the holidays.
Many of his supporters expressed their appreciation for the club’s response and praised the NFT artist for handling the situation respectfully, which differs from how most people manage controversies on Twitter.
Though Lucréce has not disclosed any details about the deal, he has jokingly asked for dinner with football star Cristiano Ronaldo.
It is crucial to note that the NFT craze continues to seep into the world of traditional finance as recently, China announced its first regulated NFT trading marketplace created by the state-owned Chinese Technology Exchange, Art Exhibitions China, and the privately-owned Huban Digital Copyrights Ltd.