NFT Screenshots: Why They Don’t Matter

    Most people unfamiliar with digital art have one question concerning NFTs: “Why can’t I just take a screenshot?”. During the early stages of adopting new technology, it can be challenging to understand its value. This is especially true for something as ethereal as digital artwork.

    People use NFT screenshots mainly as Twitter profile pictures. However, that doesn’t mean anything, nor does it affect the value of the NFT. Here’s why.

    What Are NFT Profile Pictures?

    Solution to NFT screenshots

    It’s as simple as it sounds. Someone takes a screenshot of an NFT that another person paid a lot of money for. Then puts it as their own profile picture. This is happening because NFT profile pictures are a thing. Meaning if you’re an NFT owner, you can show cast it on your Twitter profile.

    Moreover, one of the appeals of owning an NFT is being able to flex. After all, if you bought a Van Gogh or an equally famous painting, you’d want to show it off. However, ever since collectors started using NFTs as Twitter profiles, NFT screenshots seemed to lessen the thrill of flexing.

    People started doubting the authenticity of “ownership” over these digital assets. I mean, I can just take a screenshot, for free, of the same token that you payed thousands of dollars for. So, what makes yours more special? We’re still owning the same thing except I didn’t pay a nickel. 

    But wait, can I actually do that?

    Can you take an NFT screenshot and put it as a profile picture?

    NFT screenshots

    Many consider the NFT market overvalued. They think NFTs are worthless, and if they like the art,  why can’t they screenshot it? In all honesty, nothing prevents anyone from doing that.

    One could even post a screenshotted NFT on social media. Someone may appreciate an NFT and wish to use it just like any other image. As for crediting the NFT maker, they may not care, and the creator may not even be aware. 

    However, as far as making money and stealing ideas, there shouldn’t be much to worry about. The blockchain records every NFT, allowing artists to be credited as original creators. If someone wanted to buy an NFT, they could check on the blockchain and instantly tell if they were receiving actual ownership or a screenshot. 

    Are NFT Screenshots As Valuable As Their Original Counterpart?

    Would a Mona Lisa photo on your phone be as valuable as Leonardo da Vinci’s painting? Of course not. NFT screenshots on your phones don’t give you digital ownership, which you get when you buy an NFT.


    A screenshot offers no value and provides no opportunity for appreciation. NFTs aren’t merely digital assets individuals trade for profit. They allow holders to attend timed, exclusive NFT events and receive exclusive incentives.

    BAYC holders receive unique access to the team’s Discord server, merchandise store, and early access to future collections. Unfortunately, all those features are unavailable with an NFT snapshot.

    Simply put, NFT screenshots aren’t as valuable as NFTs. But, can the creator sue you if you take a screenshot?

    Is It Legal to take an NFT screenshot and use it as a profile picture?

    The short answer is yes, it is. Taking a screenshot of an image related to an NFT is not illegal. As indicated above, it’s worthless and doesn’t hurt the author. However, if you decide to claim it as your own or mint a new NFT based on the image, you may get more than just angry mail from the original author or owner.

    NFT Meme

    Like other art forms, NFTs are copyrighted. And NFTs are now easily traceable with the use of the blockchain. Anyone can verify the NFT’s owner by looking up their wallet address. In addition, the blockchain is immutable, and its metadata cannot be altered.

    You are strongly advised not to distribute or use NFT screenshots for commercial purposes, as the original creator or owner will have evidence of ownership and can sue you for stealing their work.

    Twitter’s Solution

    You may own the “Bored Apes” picture on your profile. The token links to your Ethereum address on the blockchain. But what stops someone from right-clicking the image and putting it as their profile picture? Again, nothing. However, Twitter came up with a solution.

    NFT screenshot

    Twitter’s solution is the hexagon verification mechanism for NFT profile pictures. Once you click on the profile picture, it pulls up the details on the blockchain, as seen above. Discord also has something similar that verifies the ownership and authenticity of an NFT profile picture. Now, this is a really cool solution. It discourages screen-shooters from having fingers pointed at them.

    All in all, yes you can take an NFT screenshot and put it as a profile picture or post it anywhere. That, however, doesn’t lessen or affect the value of the NFT at all. Keep in mind that the owner can easily track and sue you if he likes. So, just don’t do that. If you’re into NFTs and want to actually get started, here’s everything you need to know before you mint your first NFT.


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