Non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace OpenSea bans artists and collectors from Cuba, citing US sanctions as the main reason behind its operation.

According to a report published by Artnet, 30 artists and collectors have been banned from the popular NFT marketplace so far. Famous artists from Havana Gabriel Guerra Bianchini and Fabrica de Arte Cubano are the most famous artists who faced the ax.

OpenSea Marketplace has stated in its Terms of Service that it expressly prohibits sanctioned individuals and individuals in sanctioned jurisdictions. The NFT market’s compliance with US sanctions was widely known and included countries such as Venezuela, Iran and Syria. However, the recent ban of Cuban artists adds the country to that list as well.

“We continue to comprehensively evaluate other measures that need to be taken to serve our community and comply with applicable law,” an OpenSea spokesperson told Cointelegraph.
A Twitter profile called NFT Cuba Art revealed earlier in December that OpenSea had blocked them from viewing or listing their artwork while they still had access to their wallets. Eric García Cruz, founder of Bit Remasa, responded that their NFT pools were also banned. Cryptocuban founder Gabriele Bianchini added that the future of Web3 does not appear to be decentralized.

Apart from OpenSea, several crypto platforms have had to shut down their services to Russian clients in the wake of new EU sanctions passed after the war in Ukraine began earlier this year.

Related: Preemptive Sanctions Can Spare the Ecosystem: Chainalysis exec

While the cryptocurrency ecosystem is built on a decentralized ethos, the majority of brokers and companies facilitating various services still operate like most centralized Web2 companies.

The crypto community was not very pleased with the NFT market auctions and called for an end to the middlemen. Another user said that there is a need for truly decentralized platforms that don’t care about nationalities

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