Moonbirds has rescinded the NFT commercial rights it held to Cc0 (creative Commons) in relation to its popular NFT collection. People are now asking themselves: Is this legal? It appears yes. However, people consider it unethical.
The Move for Moonbirds: CC0
Previously, Moonbirds owners had full commercial art rights for the Moonbird that they owned, meaning they could create art, merchandise, etc. It (only the one they own) can be used for commercial purposes in a form called remixing. Kevin Rose, the founder of the project, tweeted that this was not true and that everyone can now create what they used to be able. It is safe to say it has been met with some resistance from holders but great excitement from non-holders.
Apparently, this is legal. Moonbirds moving to CC0 are considered unethical by the license holders. This means that what the original owners promised is no longer possible.
Rose supported the company’s decision (which was made by Justin Mezzell, president Josh Cook, and him). He stated that CC0 gives anyone the freedom to remix work for commercial purposes. It is a promise by the creator of a work that the work itself can become a credibly neutral platform – without restraint or the fear of restriction or creative limitations.”
He continued, “To that end, @JustinMezzell (my co-founder), @joshcook (our president), and I have decided to set Moonbirds and Oddities free and embrace the CC0 movement that allows any and all modifications to what we’ve built.”
The rules, regulations and details around CC0, especially in the case with Moonbirds, can be complicated. You can see Kevin Rose’s full statement via a Twitter thread here, where he provides his side of the story.
Rose also introduced a DAO to the Moonbirds brand. According to his tweet, “The DAO will oversee licensing Moonbirds names and Oddities names with primary goals of encouraging general comercialization while preventing frauds, hate speech and violence.”
What is CC0
By definition according to creativecommons.org, “CC0 enables scientists, educators, artists and other creators and owners of copyright- or database-protected content to waive those interests in their works and thereby place them as completely as possible in the public domain, so that others may freely build upon, enhance and reuse the works for any purposes without restriction under copyright or database law.”
The concept is also known as “no rights reserved”.
Moonbirds holders aren’t particularly happy over this change. They were promised something and it was taken away five months later. @KingBlackBored, one holder said that it was illegal to sell after launch. This is clearly not ethical. I feel like bait n switched hard. Another user, @TheOneNFT, disagrees with the move from the collection: “(CC0) is nice and wife material etc, but it has no place in PFP collections that want to add real value to holders. Bad move by Moonbirds that will p*ss off a lot of holders.”
Now, some holders feel that there’s no way they can sell their Moonbird for a profit due to the lesser value. Because anyone can now have commercial rights, this is why some holders feel they cannot sell their Moonbird for a profit.
On one hand, non-holders are thrilled by the movements. @MarkMograph, who previously created Moonbirds-related-art, said: “Love to hear you supporting the creators of Moonbirds art.” This was in response Kevin Rose’s tweet. Zeneca, a crypto and NFT influencer is a supporter, saying that “#cc0summer keeps in style.”
All in all, this will be a topic of debate for many years to come. Kevin Rose and his team confirmed that the Moonbirds’ CC0 decision was final. Rose stated that “We cannot change our minds.” We’re rooting for you and can’t wait to help promote and support all your creative endeavors.”
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