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2022-01-14 12:30:47

Wikipedia Editors Voted Against Classifying NFTs as Art

A group of Wikipedia editors has voted against categorizing non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as a form of art-at least for now. A debate started on the platform last month on ‘the most expensive art sales by living artists’ and whether NFT art sales should be deemed as ‘art sales’ or ‘NFT sales.’ The discussion involved whether an NFT represented the art or was just a token that was separate from the underlying art. “Wikipedia really can’t be in the business of deciding what counts as art or not, which is why putting NFTs, art or not, in their own list makes things a lot simpler. NFTs have their own list, which should be linked in the article, and entries generally shouldn’t be listed in both,” editor “jonas” wrote. Out of the six editors, five voted against classifying NFTs as art. For the time being, the discussion has been shelved until a later date. Since anybody can write on Wikipedia, perhaps members of the NFT community could contribute to the classification debate. According to Wikipedia’s guidelines, neither unanimity nor a vote is required to form a consensus. Instead, the group must confirm that the participating editor’s legitimate concerns fall within the platform’s policies. Meanwhile, the lone editor who voted otherwise pointed out that even large publications, including the New York Times, had referred to Beeple as the ‘third-highest selling artist alive’ following his record-breaking NFT sale. In fact, Griffin Cock ...

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