In today’s news, many gaming YouTubers have lost their likeness to NFT thieves. These criminals then turn the stolen likenesses into NFTs and sell them without consent. NFT rage is maximizing and people are going crazy to get their hands on some of it.
Where it has become an amazing creative outlet and source of community building for artists, many are suffering because of it too. Let us share some more insight on the matter,
Rise in NFT crimes
We all know that creative property theft is nothing new to the art and games world. NFTs have made the lines much more blurry in terms of categorizing art. Pictures, video clips, traditional art, almost any and every digital asset can be turned into an NFT and sold in the crypto gambling market.
Naturally, NFT crimes have also increased with the increasing popularity of NFTs worldwide. Many artists have reported different non-consensual, creative thefts in the past months and apparently, gaming YouTubers are the next target of NFT thieves. Here’s a list of some gaming YouTubers who lost their likeness,
Affected Gaming YouTubers
Someone called “StaketheWeb” has uploaded an NFT collection on OpenSea. He is calling it the “Top YouTubers Collection” and it includes many famous people. He is trying to not only their identities but channels as a whole. The images are basically cards, and they include a URL that is nothing more than an address that takes users to the influencers’ YouTube channel.
In addition to few other creators, most recent to suffer are gaming YouTubers, James Stephanie Sterling and Jim Caddick aka Caddicarus. Sterling expressed his concerns on Twitter. He said that he feels deep disgust towards the person trying to sell their identity. Here’s his tweet,
He called the person a scum and said that the market is disrespectful and exploitative. Although, he said that he was not surprised. Caddicarus said and we quote:
“At least, AT LEAST, if you steal my shit and try to sell it, turn it into a t-shirt. A cup. A clock. One thing. that you can use and enjoy. Paying for a profile picture for a collection that you can pull yourself from a photo album on Facebook is honestly a whole new level of being pathetic lol.”
If you think the situation cannot become more uncomfortable, here we have the case of the writer of Sony in Santa Monica Studio, Alanah Pearce. She had her photograph montaged with the logo of a pornographic page. The image auctioned as NFT but to clarify, this image was not made by the user mentioned earlier.
Alanah took twitter to say that she cannot wait to file a lawsuit. Here is the full tweet,
Countermeasures for Gaming YouTubers
Informed of the issue, an OpenSea spokesperson said: “OpenSea supports an open and creative ecosystem in which people have more freedom and ownership over digital objects of all kinds. One of our operating principles is to support creators and their audiences by discouraging theft and plagiarism on our platform.
To that end, it is against our policy to sell NFTs using plagiarized content, which we routinely enforce in a variety of ways, including delisting and, in some cases, banning accounts. We’re actively expanding our efforts in the areas of customer support, trust and safety, and site integrity, so we can act faster to protect and strengthen our community and creators.” They have also terminated the user’s account and has removed the auctions from the platform but no proper legal action has been taken so far.
What to do?
To avoid this art stealing plague, you can now take the creative control back by tagging @NFTtheft on Twitter and submitting a complaint. Check this tweet and their twitter for more,
You should also never hesitate to take a legal action or inform the relevant authorities in case someone tries to steal your creative property.
Lastly, we know that people on the internet willing to pay huge amounts for NFTs. They are an easy way to earn money but does that mean you should steal? We don’t think so, share your thoughts and ideas with us about the matter. Until then,
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