DC Comics Sends Warning to Employees on Creating Unlicensed NFTs

DC Comics is taking NFTs into consideration as revealed in an internal letter to staff from its legal affairs office. While the letter does hint at DC’s interest in learning more about this new form of digital art while “exploring opportunities to enter the market for the distribution and sale of original DC digital art with NFTs,” the letter was more of a warning to its employees that are potentially looking to cash in on the booming tech.

This was most likely spurred on by the recent sale of Wonder Woman-themed NFTs that were drawn by the former DC illustrator José Delbo. While he was once responsible for the artwork of the iconic character during the ’70s and ’80s, he does not own the license to the heroine, and the fact that he made $1.85 million USD off the character is reason enough for DC Comics to bring it up before their team of artists get any similar ideas.

There’s no indication on when exactly an official DC Comics NFT will be coming out but they did confirm they wanted to get in on the action with, “We expect the participation of DC’s freelance talent will be an integral component of the NFT program that DC puts into place. We’ll share further information as it becomes available, and we appreciate your cooperation and partnership.” Read more of the letter below:

As DC examines the complexities of the NFT marketplace, and we work on a reasonable and fair solution for all parties involved, including fans and collectors, please note that the offering for sale of any digital images featuring DC’s intellectual property with or without NFTs, whether rendered for DC’s publications or rendered outside the scope of one’s contractual engagement with DC, is not permitted. If you are approached by anyone interested in including any of your DC art in an NFT program, please let Lawrence Ganem, DC’s VP, Talent Services know.

In other NFT news, here are the results for the MF DOOM NFT mask auction.
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