This is fascinating[1].

Anyone who knows anything about copyright law laughs their arses off, of course (and here's a primer for anyone who needs it[2]).

But this *is* dangerous. A lot of people have no clue, copyright is byzantine in its complexity, and it just takes a few ill-informed judges to make this into a thing. And coinbros will push their bullshit, whether they know they're wrong or not.

[1] source:
[2] NFTs and copyright:


But it's even more fascinating than that. As the anarchist adage goes: "property is theft". NFTs are perhaps a great exemplification of that.

Basically, for a particular kind of private property to exists, there must be a broad consensus that something *can* be "owned", there must be some kind of record of ownership", and there must be some enforcement of that "ownership".

NFTs pretend to provide a record of "ownership" for something that never really had one: digital art.

Now, #NFT bros are trying… 2/?

…to create this broad consensus that on-line images can be "owned" in any real sense of the word. They seem to understand it not the way copyright understands it, but as a more "this specific copy of an image" kind of way. This doesn't make any sense, but who's to stop them?

Once they have that "broad consensus", they will try to find ways to enforce that "ownership".

History of private ownership of things, unfolding in front of our very eyes!




@rysiek We didn't get to the current state of things without fights - commercial web sites lobbied hard for functionality to disable right-click browser context menus (see JavaScript document.oncontextmenu), debugging, and screenshots. Some used Flash to "protect" their content.
Now we have Webassembly to obfuscate client-side code, HTML Canvas to create opaque content, and things are just a small step away from being closed down inside the web browser running on your own hardware.

@galaxis @rysiek I noticed this when I could no longer print pages from some web applications.

Example, I can't copy/paste small sections from the kindle app. I also can't print more than the current page. Also, what appears as text isn't encoded text: it's glyphs rendered as an image on screen.

Don't even get me started on reasonable access for the disabled with screen readers. Ugh.

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