The “Billion-Dollar Torrent” — All NFTs Can Be Downloaded for Free as Images
The NFT Bay, which resembles popular torrenting website “The Pirate Bay,” allows anyone to download converted JPEGs of all of the NFTs on the Solana and Ethereum blockchains, for free. The NFT images range from CryptoPuppies, Bored Ape Yacht Club, CryptoPunks, Axie Infinity, Farmers World, and other sites.
The website passed 1.2 million visitors within the first 12 hours of its launch.
The creator, Geoffrey Huntley, an Australian software developer, is a former unicyclist who travels in his van, working remotely to create cutting-edge projects, including the 17-terabyte “billion-dollar torrent.”
Perhaps Huntley is trying to prove the futility of owning an NFT, a digital image that you cannot physically own, but merely see on your screen.
NFT devotees believe that certificates of NFT ownership, inscribed on blockchain, prove the uniqueness and value of the digital art piece. However, skeptics, including Huntley himself,