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After complaints, the NFTs’ Uyghur database license was changed


After a group of “renowned artists” turned 100 database photos into NFTs, the Xinjiang Victims Database, which has pictures of thousands of Uyghurs who are in prison or being mistreated, changed its creative commons license.

The Digital Human Trade project turned the database photos of Uyghur victims into 3D t-posing NFTs. They were then sold on Opensea for 0.0145 ETH (about $25) each.

Crypto tech tracker Web3 Is Going Great, however, said that the database’s developers found the NFTs and are now changing their Creative Commons license to CC BY-NC, which makes it impossible to use their photos for commercial purposes.

After the NFTs were made public, the database tweeted,“We’ve changed our license from a CC BY to a CC BY-NC (this should have been done originally). Commercial use of the data, including images of victims, is not okay. Selling and then donating not really okay either.”

“[The project] never contacted us about this. Also important to remind that we’re really an aggregator and do not “own” most of the data/images — the original sources are elsewhere and we just organize. Commercial-use people can check those and see the licences there.”

The Xinjiang Victims Database keeps track of people in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region who are missing, in jail, or in danger. Most of the pictures in it are of their faces.

The database says that there has been “a drastic rise in the mass incarcerations of its ethnic minority citizens — most notably, the Uyghur, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, and Hui — with hundreds of thousands, if not millions, being locked up in de facto concentration camps.”

Uyghur NFTs are a mistake

The people who made the project later said they were sorry they started it, according to the Xinjiang Victims Database.

They told the public that they couldn’t give them any information and that they had tried to reach the Xinjiang Victims Database Twitter account.

According to their website, Digital Human Trade is run by “a group of well-known artists from around the world.” It looks like the money made from the project will be sent to the Xinjiang Victims Database’s GoFundMe account. As of this writing, there are no buyers, and the project’s Twitter account has been shut down.

You can give money directly to the Xinjiang Victims Database through their GoFundMe page.

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