Godjira is one of the most popular projects in the NFT space with over 300,000 followers on Twitter. The Godzilla-inspired NFT project has been growing its community since its launch last year. Everything was going well with Godjira, except now, it faces a controversy leading to OpenSea removing Godjira NFTs on the platform.
What is the Godjira NFT Project?
Godjira is an Ethereum-based NFT project created in 2021. It launched its Genesis collection in December last year and has successfully sold its 333 Genesis NFTs. The collection is a big hit as it offers exclusive tier 1 membership and commercial rights to its holders. Ultimately, it gives its Genesis holders governance over the future of the project.
Three months later, it launched its second-generation NFTs composed of 3,333 Godjiras. Their latest collection also offers several benefits to its holders. This includes tier 2 membership, exclusive generation of the project’s token called $jira, and access to the best alpha in the NFT space.
Why Did OpenSea Delist Godjira?
To begin, there has been a letter circulating online claiming Godjira has been DMCAed. According to the letter, the project has illegally used the official mascot, Godjira. Therefore, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in Japan sent a DMCA order against the NFT project and requested Godjira to be delisted on OpenSea.
However, Godjira’s official Twitter account clarified the situation on Twitter and said the letter is fake. Godjira said that upon a closer inspection, anyone will notice multiple things wrong in the letter. For instance, several grammatical and typographical errors including the dates and use of “22rd” instead of 22nd. Lastly, the logo used in the letter is different from the official logo of MIC in Japan.
Clearly, the circulating letter is questionable. Some even responded to Godjira’s post by translating the Japanese characters on the signature at the end of the letter. They said it literally means “this is a meme”.
Yet, OpenSea still delisted Godjira. On the same thread, Godjira announced their delisting from the largest NFT marketplace and assured their holders that they’ve already reached out to OpenSea. The tweet said “Opensea has delisted us. And our legal team is in talks with them. As always with any project that grows, there will be hurdles. We are listed in @LooksRareNFT and @the_x2y2. It’s a matter of time before we get this sorted.”
OpenSea’s Decisions to Delist NFTs: A Hit or Miss
OpenSea, the largest NFT marketplace on the platform has delisted many NFT projects before. Sometimes, the removal of the NFT collection is reasonable. For instance, it delisted Not Okay Bears which is clearly a knockoff of Okay Bears. The platform also removed Non-fungible Olive Gardens NFT after the legal complaints of the real-life Olive Garden company.
However, there are also several NFT project delistings by OpenSea that outraged the NFT community. For example, it accidentally delisted Cool Pets which allowed the project’s copycat to rip people off. Maybe OpenSea needs to listen more to the NFT holders and conduct a thorough investigation first before they delist a project on the platform.