<MoneyLab> authenticity and originality in NFTs

Geert Lovink geert at xs4all.nl
Mon Jul 5 12:25:33 CEST 2021

> From: Sebastian Posth <s.posth at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [read20-l] authenticity and originality in NFTs
> Date: 2 July 2021 at 12:09:51 am GMT+2
> To: Read20 List <read20-l at mailman.panix.com>
> Well, this sale provides an example and evidence of what is 'kaputt' in the
> NFT space. Unfortunately. But well, I suppose that people made some money
> on the sale, which is probably a good thing, who cares about the damages.
> A token has been sold for $5.43 million (to my knowledge). And no-one
> understands a thing about what has happened. The question is who cares what
> has been the reference (signifikat) of that token? My assumption is that it
> is irrelevant! Has there been any proof of integrity of what has been
> associated with the NFT? No, not that I am aware of. Has Sotherbys
> identified or defined the art which has been associated with the NFT? I did
> not locate any info within 5 min. research:
> https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/this-changed-everything-source-code-for-www-x-tim-berners-lee-an-nft/source-code-for-the-www.
> Are there any metadata available? Nope, as far as I see. Has a hash been
> published on IPFS? Not that I can verify. – Whether this eagle-eyed
> researcher detected *< and >* for what is supposed to be *< and >* in
> the artwork, this is *entirely irrelevant* and totally independent of the
> token sale! Which is sad, imo.
> I wrote a block post on this topic:
> https://posth.medium.com/four-lessons-of-cryptoart-efb7d7108791
> Take care!
> With best regards,
> Sebastian
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> Am Do., 1. Juli 2021 um 23:13 Uhr schrieb Peter Brantley <naypinya at gmail.com
>> :
>> An NFT memoralizing the development of source code for the web protocol
>> http delivered for auction by web pioneer Tim Berners-Lee had encoding
>> mistakes in the animation delivered with the code sample, translating
>> angle bracket characters ("<" and ">") into the corresponding html
>> elements.
>> https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/07/video-of-berners-lees-5-4m-nft-hints-another-exists-with-an-error/
>> "An eagle-eyed researcher pointed out on Twitter that the animation
>> initially posted on the Sotheby’s site had errors in the code, possibly
>> introduced when the person making the video fed the Objective-C code
>> through an app or web service to produce the typing effect in the
>> animation. Instead of angle brackets that are present in the code (< and
>>> ), the HTML codes for the symbols (< and >) appeared instead. On
>> the poster, which was made by a Python script created by Berners-Lee,
>> the brackets appear correct. "
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