Tue. Sep 26th, 2023

Geoffrey Huntley, an Australian artist, has designed a website that promises to allow you to download a full blockchain’s worth of NFTs in a single torrent. It’s named The NFT Bay, and it’s a near-identical copy of the infamous pirate site (with an added cheeky DMCA takedown link). To be fair, the site works as advertised, but in terms of a political statement, there may be a lot of debate about what “owning” something online implies.

NFT Bay steal all the JPEGs

The description page, which, according to my friend (who is absolutely not me because I’ve never pirated anything), would seem right at home on the real Pirate Bay if you click on every link on the site except the one that’s a Rick Roll. If you’d like, you can download “preview.jpg,” which includes a bunch of Bored Ape images, as well as zip files that are purported to include all of the NFTs from the Ethereum and Solana blockchains, by clicking on the actual download link. The total size of the download is just shy of 20 terabytes. To put it gently, there are a lot of image files in that folder.

When Huntley announced that he’d created a new type of cryptocurrency called NFTs, some argued that it was a victory for the detractors of the technology, while others argued that it was proof that the technology had real worth. To think that saving the JPEG will have the same result as saving the TIFF is, as the saying goes, a right-click attitude.

Good work is supposed to elicit dialogue, right??

The fact that NFTs generally don’t save any media on the blockchain, instead only connecting to a version hosted on a potentially vulnerable web server, is part of Huntley’s reasons for building it, according to him. It’s worth checking out his FAQ on GitHub and his wonderful interview with Motherboard, in which he goes into much more detail about the inspirations for The NFT Bay.

WHAT IS AN NFT?

In NFTs, you may buy and sell the ownership of unique digital goods, and you can keep track of who owns them by utilising the blockchain. “Non-fungible token” (also known as a “NFT”) is a type of digital asset that can include everything from images, videos, audio files, and even video game items. It’s possible for an NFT to be one of one, like a genuine painting, or one of many, like a deck of cards, but the blockchain records who owns the file.

Nyan Cat and “deal with it” sunglasses are among the high-profile NFTs that have recently sold for millions of dollars at auction. NFTs are also the subject of much debate because of their high electricity consumption and potential negative environmental effects. In the event that you still have questions, we’ve put together a FAQ for you.

The NFT Bay, on the other hand, takes NFT-proponents at their word while also making fun of the concept. Inquiring, “Want to claim something as your own?” “That indicates it’s going to be pirated on the internet.” A joke that has been used by both supporters and detractors alike, “you wouldn’t download a JPEG,” is turned on its head when it appears in Huntley’s announcement statement.

Does it include every NFT on the Ethereum blockchain?

This is a glaring question. The over 15TB zip file would push me over my bandwidth cap, and Comcast would definitely knock down my door with a battering ram if I tried to download it. Although others have demonstrated that it is possible to download all NFTs, Huntley is not promising the impossible here (basically, your programme would just have to find all the tokens on the blockchain and use the links they contain to download the media). What if someone downloads it all the way and then realises it doesn’t contain all of the JPEGs? You’ll have to make that decision for yourself.

By Adam

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