Nonfungible tokens or NFTs are all the rage in the creator community. Artists are being victim to piracy when criminals steal their work and create NFTs.
The piracy issue of NFTs is a big problem for artists that have their content online. Because anyone can access content online and make an NFT from it, this is because everyone has the ability to do so. The artist may not know that an NFT was created using their work. This is especially true if they aren’t familiar with NFTs.
DeviantArt is one of the largest digital art platforms around the globe. It has begun protecting artist content on its platform. As of January 4, 2022, it has sent 80,000 NFT infringement alerts. DeviantArt Protect was developed in-house by the company to detect NFT infringement using state-ofthe-art image recognition software. This tool scans public blockchains as well as third-party marketplaces to detect potential art infringements.
The problem will continue as long as sites selling NFTs do not have a stricter policy for verifying work. As reported on HYPERALLERGIC, Liam Sharp, an artist for DC Comics, said he was considering shutting down his DeviantArt page because so much of his work was stolen. Thankfully, as of January 13, 2022, his page is up, and it still has his incredible work on there.
On the same piece, HYPERALLERGIC also reported on how RJ Palmer and Loish had their work stolen and minted NFTs out of them on OpenSea. OpenSea is the largest NFT market in the world with more than 80 million NFTs for sale.
William Shatner of Star Trek fame also tweeted the same concern regarding his work.
Ethereum and Solana NFTs on One Place for Free
Australian artist and programmer Geoffrey Huntley created a torrent website called The NFT Bay. This is a play on the popular torrent site Pirate Bay. Using the Pirate Bay model, Huntley made around 17 terabytes of NFTs available for download. These NFTs are Ethereum and Solana.
According to Huntley, NFT images cannot be stored in the blockchain contract. This allows anyone to save the image by right-clicking the image. Although some people claim they own the NFT, they actually don’t. They can’t sell the image as the original NFT.
This is equivalent to right-clicking the Mona Lisa image, downloading it and claiming ownership. An NFT is a unique, non-transferable object that can be proven to be provably unique. It’s similar to the Mona Lisa in the Louvre.
Granted images can be lost, stolen or altered by hacking. The same applies to physical art. Protect your property as an NFT owner. T