NFTs & the Death of Art

9 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2021

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Brian L. Frye

University of Kentucky - College of Law; Dogecoin DAO Legal Scholarship Page; Rug Radio DAO Grifting Division

Date Written: April 19, 2021


A “non-fungible token” or “NFT” is an encrypted unit of data on a digital ledger, typically used to authenticate a digital artwork. NFTs actually lack any meaningful connection to the artworks they purport to authenticate. Accordingly, the market for NFTs is really a market for unique digital files, not a market for artworks. While NFTs are absurd, markets have survived far worse. And perhaps NFTs could liberate art from the art market.

Keywords: art, art market, copyright, NFT, non-fungible token

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Frye, Brian L., NFTs & the Death of Art (April 19, 2021). Available at SSRN: or

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