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OpenSea marketplace comes under fire after unilateral removal of late hip-hop documentary filmmaker’s NFT works
OpenSea’s non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace has been at the center of a scandal after the platform unilaterally removed the NFT token of the late hip-hop documentary filmmaker Chi Modu.
Initially, the community suggested that representatives of rapper Snoop Dogg were the author of the blocking, since it was his photo that was depicted on the token. Later, however, it turned out that neither the rapper himself nor his representatives were involved in the incident.
Users suggested that the site moderators themselves could have initiated the censorship
“OpenSea does not understand the right to be photographed. Chi is authorized to sell these photographs as NFT. Their tThe mathematics does not matter, “wrote a user under the nickname @RealAllenHena.
At the time of this writing, the marketplace itself did not comment on the incident in any way. Chi Modu is considered one of the most iconic hip-hop documentaries. For example, in his portfolio there are many photos of rappers like Tupac, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and other artists even before they came to popularity. The photographer himself passed away in May 2021 at the age of 54.
This is not the first time that OpenSea has been accused of centralizing power and censoring tokens. For example, earlier a cartoonist under the pseudonym Stonetoss accused OpenSea of political censorship.
According to the artist, the site has removed his 5000 NFT collection called Flurks from the listing. The collection is modeled on the Bored Ape Yacht Club model, where each token is randomly generated. Among the cartoon characters created there are supposedly supporters of the pro-Trump movement MAGA, FBI agents with a preponderance of AK-47 and others. In addition to OpenSea, tokens were also banned from Rarible.
Earlier, the crypto community spoke negatively about the plans of the marketplace to hold an IPO. As a reminder, in early December, OpenSea hinted at an initial offering of securities. However, the crypto community did not appreciate the company’s plans. They criticized the marketplace for wanting to indulge investors, not users, due to which they were able to achieve high results in OpenSea. Later, the company denied plans for an IPO.
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