NFT artists struggling with piracy issues

Non-fungible or NFT tokens are all the rage in the creator community. Unfortunately, artists are plagued with piracy as criminals use their work to create NFTs without their permission.



NFT artists struggling with piracy issues

The issue of NFT piracy is a big problem for artists who have their content online. Indeed, anyone can take content online and make it an NFT. And the artist might never know that an NFT was created from their work, especially if they don’t know about NFTs.

DeviantArt, one of the largest digital art platforms in the world, has started protecting artist content on its platform. As of January 4, 2022, it has sent 80,000 NFT breach alerts. The DeviantArt Protect tool was created by the company in-house to detect potential NFT breaches using state-of-the-art image recognition software. The tool scans public blockchains and third-party marketplaces for potential artistic infringement in the form of minted NFTs.

But the problem will persist until the sites that sell the NFTs implement a stricter work verification policy. As reported on HYPERALLERGIC, DC Comics artist Liam Sharp said he was considering closing his DeviantArt page because much of his work had been stolen. Fortunately, since January 13, 2022, his page is online, and it still contains his incredible work.

In the same article, HYPERALLERGIC also reported how R.Palmer and Loish had their jobs stolen and hit them with NFTs on OpenSea. OpenSea is the largest NFT marketplace in the world with over 80 million NFTs for sale.

In the last 24 hours I had to report 29 instances where my art was stolen as NFT. I’m so fed up and it seems to be getting worse. Every artist I know has their work stolen and it’s just not fair or just. What can we even do, it’s hopeless.

Star Trek’s William Shatner also tweeted the same concern about his job.

So @Jack & @TwitterSafety @TwitterSupport I am very concerned about these @tokenizedtweets steal content, images i upload and my tweets which are all under my copyright being tokenized and sold without permission. Authors, actors, model photographers, etc. should be concerned

If you as an artist are looking for how to make an NFT or how to make money with an NFT, there are plenty of resources available to you. But you have to keep an eye on your work because there are criminals who will steal your work.

NFT Ethereum and Solana in one place for free

Australian artist and programmer Geoffrey Huntley has created a torrent website called The NFT Bay. This is a pun on the hugely popular Pirate Bay torrent site. Using the Pirate Bay model, Huntley has made approximately 17 terabytes of NFT available for download. These are the Ethereum and Solana NFTs.

According to Huntley, NFT images are not stored in the blockchain contract. And it allows anyone to right click on the image and save as and you can download the image. Although people who do not own the NFT say that they also own the image by downloading it, the reality is that this is not the case. Why, because they can’t sell this image as an original NFT.

It’s like right-clicking on an image of the Mona Lisa, downloading it, and claiming that you own the Mona Lisa. An NFT is proven to be unique and not interchangeable, just like the Mona Lisa hanging in the Louvre.

Granted, these images can be lost or stolen through hacking, but so can physical art. As an NFT owner, you need to protect your property. This includes using secure passwords and even storing your NFT on hard wallets

Huntley says, “As web 2.0 hosts are notorious for going offline (404 errors), this handy torrent contains all the NFTs so that future generations can study this generation’s tulip mania.”

It’s far from being a tulip mania as it’s a tool that finally gives artists agency over their work. Not only that, but they can make a commission perpetually every time the NFT is sold depending on how they set it up.

An NFT JPG has a single embedded certificate of authenticity that cannot be duplicated. And that will make NFTs a major asset for people who invest in them.

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