GameStop's NFT marketplace appears to remove an image that referenced a defining moment of the 9/11 attacks

GameStop's NFT marketplace appears to remove an image that referenced a defining moment of the 9/11 attacks
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  • GameStop's NFT marketplace appears to remove an image depicting a man falling from a building.
  • "Falling Man" was captured by AP photojournalist Richard Drew as part of a series of images.

GameStop's non-fungible token marketplace appears to have removed an image referencing a defining moment of the 9/11 attacks.

Web3 is going great spotted the NFT called "Falling Man", which depicts one of the best-known images captured by Associated Press photojournalist Richard Drew in New York on September 11 of a man plunging to his death.

Of the 2,753 people who died inside the World Trade Center and surrounding area that day, an estimated 100 jumped while the towers were still standing.

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The NFT's description on the website said "this one probably fell from the MIR station" in an apparent reference to Russia's decommissioned space station, which ended its mission in 2001.

However, the background of both the NFT and the image captured by Drew have many similarities.


The artwork's creator, Jules, had been selling two versions of "Falling Man," with the cheapest listed at 0.65 Ethereum or about $1,041, according to Coinbase.

GameStop reportedly vets each NFT creator, according to Web3 is going great.

GameStop did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

An NFT is a unique digital asset that represents ownership of real-world items like art, video clips, music, and more. NFTs can be considered modern-day collectibles. They're bought and sold online, and represent a digital proof of ownership of any given item.

Insider previously reported that NFTs are securely recorded on a blockchain — the same technology behind cryptocurrencies — which ensures the asset is one-of-a-kind. The technology can also make it difficult to alter or counterfeit NFTs.


According to Reuters, under US copyright law, the copyright holder should be the only one with the authority to transform the original work into an NFT.

Drew, who took the "falling man" image, also photographed the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.