OpenSea, the leading NFT trading platform, Removal Accounts of Cuban artists and collectors for complying with various sanctions imposed on the island by the United States (USA).
To date, OpenSea has already banned the use of the platform in countries such as Venezuela, Iran, Syria and Cuba, claiming to comply with regulations imposed by US regulatory authorities.
These actions against users in Cuba are a blow to artists and collectors in the country who use NFTs as a means of generating income to support their families.
On the other hand, some expatriate artists (who no longer live in the country) stated that they did not receive correct information or explanations about the removal of their profiles from the NFT platform.
OpenSea’s scale was predictable by artists
Various users of the ecosystem have commented that OpenSea’s blockade against Cuba is not surprising. According to them, the US actions against Al Jazeera are now 60 years old and have affected the operations of companies like Zoom, MailChimp, WeTransfer and Gitlab.
For example, NFT artist Yordanis García Delgado states that it is very difficult to be decentralized and not accountable to government authorities, due to the US blockade against Cuba.
However, Delgado also commented that he hopes Cuban artists will be able to use other NFT trading platforms such as Foundation and SuperRare, in the coming weeks, allowing the Cuban community to circumvent the measures taken by the United States.