Last March, comic book publisher DC Comics announced to freelancers that intellectual property (IP) and characters owned by DC Comics regarding freelancers using the intellectual property for the sale of non-fungible tokens (NFT ) use, be taboo. A recent report indicates that Marvel Comics has also advised freelance artists that the sale of NFT products with Marvel’s IP is also banned.
DC Comics and Marvel are encouraging freelance artists to wait before auctioning NFTs with the company’s IP
A report released on Friday shows that the world’s largest comic book publisher, Marvel Comics, doesn’t want artists to use Marvel’s products and IP for NFT sales.
Back in March, Bitcoin.com News reported on DC Comics ‘legal board mailing a letter to employees and freelance artists asking them to stop NFT initiatives affecting DC Comics’ intellectual property. Before the letter came out, comic artist José Delgo sold an NFT collection on the theme of Wonder Woman through Makersplace.
“Please note that offering to sell digital images containing DC’s intellectual property with or without NFTs, regardless of whether they are provided for DC’s publications or outside of DC’s contractual commitment, is not permitted.” says the letter from the DC legal team. Following the letter, an artist uploaded the letter to Opensea and sold it as an NFT art called “A Marvel to Behold” for Ethereum (ETH) worth $ 2,000.
The account of Marvel’s omission comes from a story by Bloomberg writer Madis Kabash.
Marvel plans to “introduce new opportunities for Marvel creators,” a New Jersey comic book dealer says the game has changed
Bitcoin.com News has covered Marvel’s entry into the NFT space when comic book publisher partnered with Orbis Blockchain Technologies Limited and the Veve Digital Collectibles app.
In early August, the company celebrated “Marvel Month” and introduced Spider-Man non-fungible tokens. In late August, Marvel dropped Captain America NFTs for Marvel’s 81st anniversary. In a statement sent to Bloomberg employee Madis Kabash, Marvel stated that the company will provide opportunities for Marvel creators. Marvel said:
[Marvel Comics] plans to introduce new opportunities for Marvel creators on Veves platform.
The Bloomberg editorial team discussed the issue with representatives of the comic industry and spoke to New Jersey-based comic book retailer Jason Schachter. The second dealer explained that artists used to be able to sell originals without any problems and this “for decades”.
“Creators have always had the power to sell their originals directly,” Schachter emphasized in his interview.
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