Moonbirds, a popular NFT collection of 10,000 pixelated birds, and its sister project Oddities will from now on function under the Creative Commons license (copyright code СС0). This means that everyone can now distribute, modify, and sell the original art as long as they credit creators.
“In this new future, true ownership is dictated by what is recorded on-chain, the way it should be, not by a record housed by a government or corporate entity,” Kevin Rose tweeted. “The authenticity of Moonbirds will not come from lawyers enforcing trademarks but rather from the proven provenance and single source of truth of smart contracts.”
However, not all Moonbirds NFT holders welcomed the decision. “With respect Kevin you are clearly in an echo chamber surrounded by your own cheerleaders. It makes a mockery of "Parliament" to unilaterally do this. A lot of people have paid a lot of money at least partly based on this from your website,” a Twitter user @nstanley wrote, attaching a screenshot from the Moonbirds website which clearly states that “Owners of Moonbirds have full commercial art rights for the Moonbird they own.”
Moonbirds is quite an expensive collection, with the floor price at 16.5 ETH (just above $28,000 at the time of writing). The term “floor price” stands for the lowest value someone can pay to purchase a piece of digital artwork. Many Moonbirds holders who invested large sums of money in the collection now found out that anyone can use their art for commercial purposes, which naturally produces feelings of disappointment and frustration.