The Bored Wukong collection is an NFT based on the Chinese novel Journey to the West. The game has a strong Chinese cultural influence, with its main character being Sun Wukong, who is based on the Monkey King from the novel Journey to the West.
NFTs have been around for a while now. Just like with physical art, you can use an NFT to prove that you own a digital image or video and, therefore, it is unique.
Recently, people accused a local NFT creator of outright plagiarism, claiming that the popular Bored Wukong collection of digital images bears an uncanny resemblance to avatars created by the globally famous Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) franchise.
The Bored Wukong Collection is not the only NFT-based art collection that has been accused of being a copycat project. The NFT Art Collection and the NFT Yacht Club have also faced similar criticism for similar reasons.
The Bored Wukong Collection was created by a group of individuals from China, who have been in the crypto space for quite some time, but their identities remain anonymous. The name comes from the mythological monkey king, Sun Wukong, who was 1said to be bored and wanted to be immortal. Bored Wukong is an anthology of 390 cartoon monkey photos, each of which sports an odd and, to a degree, unique assortment of accouterments. The NFT series is named after Sun Wukong, the legendary Monkey King from the 1500s epic novel Journey to the West.
Each NFT in this collection has unique attributes, including different ownership histories and mint dates.
The Bored Wukong Collection also has ten pieces of art, and each one is an NFT. Each piece represents something related to crypto or blockchain technology. The first piece is called "I'm rich." It's a digital painting of a woman holding a bag of gold coins with her face covered by her hair. The second piece is called "Bitcoin." It's a drawing of the bitcoin symbol on top of a pile of rupees.
The third piece is called "Wu." This piece depicts the same woman with her hair covering her face, but this time she's holding up a picture frame that says "Wu" on it.
However, the creator of Bored Wukong, who goes by the name "Wang," disputes this claim, saying that his work is original and that he didn't plagiarize from Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC).
Bored Wukong's creator remains perplexed about the accusation and maintains that his creations are unique.
The resemblances are not only artistic but also profitable. According to the Chinese NFT marketplace NFTCN, the first Bored Wukong artwork sold 99 yuan ($15) in November and was worth 8,888,888 yuan ($1,397,733).
In a recent interview with Cointelegraph, Wang said, "I think it's quite obvious that I'm not copying anyone." However, he also mentioned that he would not be in trouble if he were found guilty of plagiarism.
Wang is confident in his work and believes it deserves recognition as the original work.
Wendong responded to plagiarism claims on the Chinese social networking platform WeChat by revealing that each of the 390 Bored Wukong is hand-drawn for authenticity.