DC anti-NFT legal notice gets turned into an NFT

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DC has apparently barred its freelance artists from creating digital works based on their characters
Update: Proving the universe has a sense of humor (if not of ecological preservation), DC's legal notice to freelance artists that they are not allowed to sell digital artworks featuring DC characters or to mint NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) of their DC art has been digitized and minted as an NFT.

As reported by BoingBoing, artist Sean Bonner (who mints NFTs of his own artwork) has created an NFT of DC's letter.

NFT blockchain verification is not regulated in most cases, meaning that just about anyone can claim an image or digital media and mint an NFT based on it.

Because copyright law varies in different geographical jurisdictions, and because NFTs are considered 'intangible' versus 'tangible' goods, artists whose work is minted as an NFT without their authorization may be able to pursue copyright notice regarding stolen work - though in many cases pursuing copyright claims against an NFT maker can amount to significant legal costs.

In the case of a letter on the other hand, it's unlikely DC has any copyright claim to pursue - sealing the deal on the artistic statement of minting a photograph of their notice preventing individual artists of minting work involving DC's intellectual property as an NFT.

Original story follows

Newsarama has confirmed the authenticity of a letter that has been sent from DC/Warner Bros. to DC freelance artists, notifying them that they are not legally allowed to turn art they create for DC or of DC characters into NFT (Non-Fungible Token) cryptocurrency. Furthermore, it appears to bar DC freelancers from selling any digital art of DC characters whatsoever, even without an NFT component.

(Image credit: DC)

The letter, which was shared on Twitter by artist Remy Leonard, states that DC is "exploring opportunities to enter the market" of NFTs, alluding to not only the publisher's already controversial line of NFT digital Batman Black and White statues, but to potential other NFT collectibles including digital comic books.

George Marston
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