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NFTs just got even more confusing

NFT clone: a picture of two bored apes
(Image credit: Bored Apes Yacht Club)

The idea behind NFTs is that each one is unique. A piece of digital art can be encoded on a blockchain and its scarcity verified. So why would you want to clone it? That's the head-scratching idea behind CloneMyNFT, the new platform that enables you to clone an NFT, sell the original and keep the 'copy' in your crypto wallet. We're just a little confused.

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are the year's biggest digital art trend and they can be confusing without the cloning curveball being thrown into the mix. Get an overview of what are NFTs in our guide, or discover how to make and sell an NFT of your own.

NFT clone: two identical CryptoPunks

Spot the difference – will cloning NFTs catch on or devalue the trend? (Image credit: Larva Labs)

The idea behind cloning an NFT you own, then selling the original while keeping the 'backup' in your wallet seems to be anti-NFT. CloneMyNFT.com (opens in new tab) works by creating an exact digital copy of your artwork but then generates a new unique contract on the blockchain. 

Your image is a clone of the original art. It appears the same but the blockchain registration differs. This gets to the nub of NFTs, you're not buying the art but the token. This means you can even sell your cloned NFT because the contract on the blockchain is what's new, and what can't be cloned.

On its website CloneMyNFT says: "Many collectors get attached to their NFTs and want to continue to view the artwork in their wallet long after they have sold them. Sometimes collectors have to sell them to realise their assets, but for whatever reason they often want to keep a reminder of the NFT they once owned, and now they can."

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Ian Dean is Digital Arts & Design Editor at Creative Bloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut, SFX, and assisted on The Idler. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his love to bring the latest news on NFTs, video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Corel Painter, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5.