Wikipedia editors recently voted against classifying NFTs as art, but they shelved the issue for another vote at a later date. The question: is an NFT “art” or a “token representing the art”? You may think this is a distinction without a difference, but I assure you it is not.
The vast majority of NFTs are created following a standard similar to EIP-721, which allows for the implementation of a standard API for NFTs within smart contracts. NFTs (such as those created using the ERC-721 non-fungible tokens) can represent ownership over digital or physical assets. Importantly, NFTs are smart contracts recorded on a blockchain. They are not the “artwork,” but instead represent the ownership of (and contractual terms associated with) the “artwork.” It’s great that the Wikipedia peeps are going to do some homework before voting again.
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