The NFT Bay Attracts Millions Who Come To Mock The Increasingly Ludicrous NFT Craze

  • A website mocking the absurd trend of collecting NFTs, which have been likened to “digital beanie babies,” has attracted millions of visitors after launching its repository of free NFT images.
  • “It was non-stop cackling intermixed with sleep deprivation to get the project launched,” The NFT Bay creator Geoffrey Huntley, who lives in a van in Australia, wrote on his Github.
  • “There is a gap of understanding between buyer and seller right now that is being used to exploit people,” Huntley said about why he created the site that he describes as an art project.

Anthony Cuthbertson from The Independent writes:

“A website mocking the trend of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) has attracted millions of visitors since launching less than a week ago.

The NFT Bay is a 17.96-terabyte repository of NFT images and files that are free to download, modelled on the famous file-sharing site The Pirate Bay. Its creator says the idea is to highlight the absurdity of the NFT craze.

NFTs are unique digital certificates that record ownership of a digital asset on an online ledger known as a blockchain. They can be anything from a piece of art, to a meme of a cat, with some selling for tens of millions of dollars through online marketplaces like OpenSea.

NFT advocates have dismissed the NFT Bay site as “right-clicker mentality”, referring to the ability to right-click an image online and select the ‘save’ option in order to own a copy of it. This, for them, is not the same as having control over the string of numbers hosted on the blockchain that prove you “own” the JPEG.

NFT Bay creator Geoffrey Huntley, who lives in a van in Australia, described the site as an art project.

“It was non-stop cackling intermixed with sleep deprivation to get the project launched,” he wrote on his Github…”

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