The "Cipher Punks" NFT project tried to sell NFTs with illustrations of various cypherpunks, or at least the ones that were listed on Wikipedia. The project said that it intended to "[honor] everyone involved in the CypherPunk movement. They are our heroes, and we need to recognize them". Apparently honoring them did not also involve asking for their consent to be used in the project, as Jillian York tweeted on December 26, "I don’t approve of this whatsoever and would like it removed."ItsBlockchain, the group behind the project, subsequently announced that they would scrap the project and apologized. This apology rang a little hollow, to me, after they retweeted a tweet saying "never meet your heroes" in reference to the individuals asking that the project stop using their likeness without their consent, for their own profit.
An attempted governance attack aims to defraud 25 million MIR (about $64.2 million) from Terra's Mirror protocol
Open source contributors and advocates are surprised to find photographs of themselves being sold as NFTs
- "$8.2M Lost as Visor Finance Suffers Latest DeFi Hack", CryptoBriefing
Traders hoping to get in on the "Monkey Kingdom" NFT collection are duped by a scam link in the project's official Discord
Prominent comics artist says continuous theft of his work for use as NFTs may force him to close his DeviantArt gallery
Multiple artists report OpenSea automatically closing their support tickets reporting stolen artwork; OpenSea removes ability to report
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 receives so much fan pushback on planned NFTs that the studio scraps the idea within a day
NFT collector who owns the NFT associated with the Bored Ape artwork used in this site header would like me to stop using "their" ape
Melania Trump announces an NFT collection which will begin with a painting of her "cobalt blue eyes"
The project had an underwhelming reception, and the team quickly decided to reduce the supply of available NFTs from 6,500 to 2,000. Two days after launch, the funds were transferred out of the project wallet and to various addresses, including $400,000 which went to Correia. The project also deleted their website, Discord, and Twitter account that week.
Correia, for his part, has continued to post on his "Laurent BILLIONAIRE" Instagram account, where he shows off his private jet and tropical vacations with no mention of the Billionaire Dogs Club. His "NFT" Instagram story shows his pricey NFT purchases beginning on January 14.
Artist Loish searches her name on OpenSea and finds 132 NFTs created from her artwork without permission
A collection of NFTs seeks to profit off the murder of George Floyd, with no apparent connection to or approval from his family
The Seattle Kraken NHL team, whose home stadium is named the Climate Pledge Arena, raise eyebrows with an NFT release
Crowdfunding website Kickstarter announces it will abandon its current platform in favor of a blockchain implementation
- "Ubisoft's NFT Announcement Has Been Intensely Disliked", Kotaku
- "Gamer-hate: Ubisoft’s new NFT project video gets 96% dislike ratio", Cointelegraph
- "Ubisoft's first NFT plans make no sense", Ars Technica
- "Ubisoft Devs Don’t Understand Company’s NFT Push, Either", Kotaku
- "No One’s Buying Ubisoft’s Garbage Ghost Recon NFTs", Kotaku
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales angers some in the Wikimedia community by announcing he will be auctioning off an NFT representing the first ever edit
- "SEC Charges Latvian Citizen With Digital Asset Fraud", U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission