PokerPaint boss Brett Butz in new line of artwork NFT copyright theft

08:26
08 Dec.

The PokerPaint copyright theft saga seems ready to Carry on after the owner of the art poker company, Brett Butz, Posted more poker NFT, by advertising use works of art that they do not have permission to use

Butz quickly deleted his tweet, which showed the works of art based on the work of others. Initially he had used it to illustrate his NFT poker offerings, tweeting:

“Get out of poker NFTs this week!” If you liked what we do and love art communities, check it out! ”

It is away from the first time that the photographers had to publicly name and shame the PokerPaint founder to remove or revise “his” work of art.


Butz’s PokerPaint offers have been revealed as theft of copyright in the work of several photographers after Hayley hochstetter went public in September.

Hochstetter, PokerNews photo team leader for the recent WSOP, was furious after discovering that Butz had ignored his wish he didn’t use his job.

She tweeted:

“This account asked me for permission to use one of my photos in June. I politely declined and explained my reasoning why. A month later, the same person sent me a message, having ignored my previous wishes, with an edited image that I told him he couldn’t create.

Daniel Negreanu ensured that the emerging PokerPaint scandal grabbed the world’s attention, with half a million followers seeing his post describing Butz’s approach as “crappy”.

It took a while and several tweets and calls from the poker community for Butz admit he was wrong

Initially, he responded with:

“I understand that many of you are upset that I saw a photo on social media and liked it enough to emulate it in a very different style.” Incredibly, he added, “No, I’m not against giving photographers a%, it’s hard work. I also challenge you to at least try to draw a similar style before you criticize the project on which I have worked tirelessly for 3 years. “

And then he rubbed the wounds by asking those concerned to contact him, rather than reaching out to those he had stolen.

“You can find my contact details on my site if you think your content has been stolen and you’ll be happy to find a much more positive approach. ”

Eventually, Butz admitted that he was out of order, Hochstetter making sure he had no reason to let anything slip through the net.


Unfortunately, it looks like Butz is short memory or don’t really care to ensure its products – and its income, the work of art being sold between $ 250 to $ 1,500 each – are not based on stolen works and not attributed to the real creators.

This time, faced with his rotten behavior, Butz deleted the tweet with the offending collage based on other people’s work, but was without apologizing, affirming self-centeredness and self-promotion:

“I removed the collage, anyway, NFT is available now!” He also says: “Part of the King’s Game money goes to the photographer who took it. Enjoy! Showing $ 10,000 for the main ticket.

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