Next book

NFTs

A LAWYER’S/DIGITAL ARTIST’S DILEMMA

A dense but informative survey of the problems of NFTs and potential solutions.

Zimring offers a breakdown of the deficits of digital-art NFTs as both a commercial finance lawyer and digital artist.

In these pages, the author provides a critique of non-fungible tokens and a detailed account of the issues that surround them. After a comprehensive definition of the terms blockchain and NFT, the author introduces the problem of how digital-art forgeries complicate the provenance of an artwork and raise the question of legal ownership. Zimring then points out, with reference to the Copyright Act and legal precedents, that digital art is copyrightable and internationally recognized as a form of property. The author’s recommendation to creators of digital art to register their works with the Copyright Office—regardless of whether the works are attached to an NFT—is an important takeaway for both creators and purchasers of digital artwork. The third chapter offers a brief history of visual art, explores the broad parameters defining digital artworks (including those that use artificial intelligence in the creation process), and provides visual examples. This is followed by an overview of digital artworks as assets to be traded and collected. The book also addresses the dependence of NFTs on cryptocurrencies and the question of royalties. Finally, the author predicts that regulation of NFTs is likely on the horizon. This book’s legalese, dense prose, and meticulous analyses, especially in the context of the “metaverse,” can be quite challenging, particularly in the first two chapters. Zimring rightly anticipates that the audience of this critique is likely limited to readers “who want to focus on the present day legal problems of NFTs,…want to focus on NFT investing, collecting, or using them in their business, and/or…want to educate themselves further” regarding digital-art NFTs. That said, newcomers to the concepts will welcome the inclusion of multiple explanatory charts to elucidate the more complex concepts as well as the copious art examples provided throughout the text.

A dense but informative survey of the problems of NFTs and potential solutions.

Pub Date: N/A

ISBN: 9780984727537

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Mira Enterprises, Ltd.

Review Posted Online: May 22, 2023

Next book

WHAT THIS COMEDIAN SAID WILL SHOCK YOU

Maher calls out idiocy wherever he sees it, with a comedic delivery that veers between a stiletto and a sledgehammer.

The comedian argues that the arts of moderation and common sense must be reinvigorated.

Some people are born snarky, some become snarky, and some have snarkiness thrust upon them. Judging from this book, Maher—host of HBO’s Real Time program and author of The New New Rules and When You Ride Alone, You Ride With bin Laden—is all three. As a comedian, he has a great deal of leeway to make fun of people in politics, and he often delivers hilarious swipes with a deadpan face. The author describes himself as a traditional liberal, with a disdain for Republicans (especially the MAGA variety) and a belief in free speech and personal freedom. He claims that he has stayed much the same for more than 20 years, while the left, he argues, has marched toward intolerance. He sees an addiction to extremism on both sides of the aisle, which fosters the belief that anyone who disagrees with you must be an enemy to be destroyed. However, Maher has always displayed his own streaks of extremism, and his scorched-earth takedowns eventually become problematic. The author has something nasty to say about everyone, it seems, and the sarcastic tone starts after more than 300 pages. As has been the case throughout his career, Maher is best taken in small doses. The book is worth reading for the author’s often spot-on skewering of inept politicians and celebrities, but it might be advisable to occasionally dip into it rather than read the whole thing in one sitting. Some parts of the text are hilarious, but others are merely insulting. Maher is undeniably talented, but some restraint would have produced a better book.

Maher calls out idiocy wherever he sees it, with a comedic delivery that veers between a stiletto and a sledgehammer.

Pub Date: May 21, 2024

ISBN: 9781668051351

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 5, 2024

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2024

Awards & Accolades

Likes

  • Readers Vote
  • 13


Our Verdict

  • Our Verdict
  • GET IT


  • Kirkus Reviews'
    Best Books Of 2020

Next book

BEYOND THE GENDER BINARY

From the Pocket Change Collective series

A fierce, penetrating, and empowering call for change.

Awards & Accolades

Likes

  • Readers Vote
  • 13


Our Verdict

  • Our Verdict
  • GET IT


  • Kirkus Reviews'
    Best Books Of 2020

Artist and activist Vaid-Menon demonstrates how the normativity of the gender binary represses creativity and inflicts physical and emotional violence.

The author, whose parents emigrated from India, writes about how enforcement of the gender binary begins before birth and affects people in all stages of life, with people of color being especially vulnerable due to Western conceptions of gender as binary. Gender assignments create a narrative for how a person should behave, what they are allowed to like or wear, and how they express themself. Punishment of nonconformity leads to an inseparable link between gender and shame. Vaid-Menon challenges familiar arguments against gender nonconformity, breaking them down into four categories—dismissal, inconvenience, biology, and the slippery slope (fear of the consequences of acceptance). Headers in bold font create an accessible navigation experience from one analysis to the next. The prose maintains a conversational tone that feels as intimate and vulnerable as talking with a best friend. At the same time, the author's turns of phrase in moments of deep insight ring with precision and poetry. In one reflection, they write, “the most lethal part of the human body is not the fist; it is the eye. What people see and how people see it has everything to do with power.” While this short essay speaks honestly of pain and injustice, it concludes with encouragement and an invitation into a future that celebrates transformation.

A fierce, penetrating, and empowering call for change. (writing prompt) (Nonfiction. 14-adult)

Pub Date: June 2, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-593-09465-5

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: March 14, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2020

Close Quickview