VincentVanDough, a “purveyor of shitcoins and fine art”, as he describes himself, apparently took fursonas of over 110 people and turned it into an NFT collage that’s selling for over $100,000. Not to mention, the creators of those fursonas are furious and are trying to sue him for his artwork.
People usually don’t give much thought to their Twitter profile pictures. We take the best picture we think we have and then just slap them on there, right? Well, if you’re a digital artist and have created your profile picture into a fursona, the situation might be a little serious for you.
There’s a raging battle happening on Twitter between the two parties as you read this, and Vincent seems to be enjoying it, as is evident by the number of memes about the situation on his Twitter timeline.
Fighting over animated frogs?
Vincent’s auction of the collage was derailed by a DMCA takedown notice over a complaint submitted by Danielle Ruiz, Marcin Tomascz, Clara Kubicka and Rachel Johnson. However, he tweeted that the artwork was already sold for 20.35 ETH on Monday.
It might be hard to take this thing seriously. Still, the value associated with these digital artworks is astounding, especially considering the net worth of the collage above and the number of people going crazy over this event.
Vincent has tweeted out to the creators of the used fursonas, saying he’s willing to pay $5000 to mint his profile picture on Ethereum as a 1/1 and send it to his wallet as a way of compensating for the value of the ‘borrowed’ artwork.
For those new to these terms, NFT is a Non-fungible Token. Non-fungible means it’s unique and can’t be replaced with any other entity. Now NFTs can be anything from artwork to music. Most NFTs are part of the Etherium blockchain, but the hype here is around selling and collecting digital art.
This is just like collecting fine art paintings. Anyone can buy a Picasso painting, but only one gets the original. The same applies to digital art. The file can be copied as many times as you want, but the ownership of the NFT remains with the buyer.
Oh, and just in case you were wondering what a ‘fursona’ is, it’s just a personalised animal character created by someone in the furry fandom.
So try wrapping your brain around that — 110 stolen fursonas in a collage which looks like Pepe the frog, being sold for $100,000 and people fighting over it on Twitter. And chances are we might as well see this thing go to court.
Good luck to the judge presiding over this case.
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