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Copyright and NFT

In the context of NFT, copyright is currently the subject of debate and confusion. NFTs are digital assets that are unique and indivisible, allowing their origin and authenticity to be traced using blockchain technology.

It is important to understand that copyright still applies to NFTs.

The creators of NFT still own the copyright to their work, just like traditional artwork. This means that it is illegal to copy, modify or distribute NFT without the creator's permission.

Copyright rules must also be considered when selling NFT. The creator of an NFT can choose to keep certain rights to their work, such as reproduction rights, and still control its use. In this case, the NFT buyer may only have rights to own and trade that digital asset, but not to reproduce or use it for other purposes without the creator's permission.

It is worth noting, however, that there is currently no unambiguous NFT legislation in all jurisdictions. Copyright law is a complex area of law, and NFT technology poses new challenges that may require adapting regulations to the digital world. As NFT technology evolves, legislation is expected to evolve to address copyright and NFT issues.

It is important that both NFT creators and buyers are aware of and respect applicable copyright laws. If you have a specific problem or question regarding copyright in the context of NFT, it is always worth consulting a lawyer specializing in this area or approaching copyright organizations in your country.

However, while there are some ambiguities in NFT copyright law, there are some issues worth considering. For example, selling an NFT does not necessarily transfer all copyright to the work. The creator can decide which rights he wants to keep and which he wants to transfer to the NFT purchaser.

Additionally, it's worth understanding that copyright laws in the context of NFT may vary from country to country. Each jurisdiction may have its own copyright laws and policies. Therefore, it is important to know the specific laws in your country or consult a lawyer specializing in copyright law.

There has also been a lot of discussion recently about the intellectual property issues of NFTs, especially in relation to the artwork or content that was used in the NFT creation process. In some cases, the creator of NFT may use a work that was created by another person or contains copyrighted elements. In such cases, it is important to obtain the appropriate permissions and licenses from the copyright holders to avoid infringement of these rights.

Therefore, if you are the creator of NFT or intend to buy NFT, we recommend that you carefully read the rules of copyright by consulting experts or lawyers specializing in this area. It is also worth keeping an eye on the development of NFT legislation as the law is dynamic and may change in response to new challenges posed by digital technology.

Please note that this information is general in nature and does not constitute legal advice. If you have specific questions or concerns regarding copyright in the context of NFT, we always recommend that you consult a lawyer who can provide you with thorough and individual advice in accordance with the applicable laws in your country. I invite you to read our article published on, link here,

written by Samanta Belling, president of NFT ART, editor of the Artist and Art and vice-president of the Polish Cultural Heritage Foundation and Michał Kibil Advocate, labor law specialist, lawyer in the field of new technologies. Co-founder of the DGTL law firm, and to listen to our podcast about copyright in the context of NFT on the Spotify platform Dobra sztuka z NFT.

Tomasz Belling

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