Authenticity on OpenSea: Updates to Verification and Copymint Prevention

At OpenSea, we’re working around the clock to welcome more people into the world of NFTs. As the NFT ecosystem continues to evolve, imitation and plagiarism are growing issues that hinder trust in this space. While our efforts here are just the beginning, we’re excited to announce several changes aimed at improving authenticity on OpenSea. 

Our changes cover two areas:

  1. An updated account verification and collection badging system that broadens the number of creators eligible for verification.
  2. An automated system to help identify, remove, and prevent instances of “copymints” (copies of authentic NFT content).

Updated Approach to Verification

Account verification and collection badging on OpenSea are intended to help both creators and collectors by surfacing authentic accounts and content more prominently. 

But we’ve heard from our community that eligibility for verification and badging is opaque and the process is slow and cumbersome. So we’re rolling out four changes to the system:

  1. Switching to an invite-based system that broadens the number of creators eligible for verification. To start, any account with more than 100 ETH of collection volume will be invited to apply – we will continue broadening eligibility and invitations beyond this first tranche as we learn more.
  2. An updated collection badge process that allows verified accounts to request badging for a collection with significant interest or sales (starting at 100 ETH of volume or more, broadening eligibility soon). 
  3. A new streamlined, in-product experience that notifies eligible creators directly on their profile pages and guides them through the process of account verification and collection badging. 
  4. A dedicated customer support team that will respond to account verification and collection badging applications within 7 days.

Please note that these changes apply going forward, and projects that are currently verified will not lose their existing verification.

This is just the start, and OpenSea is committed to a goal where any authentic creator’s account can be verified while keeping scammers out of the system. Check out our verification blog post for more information about our updates. 

Reducing Copymints on OpenSea

Copymints are another problem that can sometimes make it difficult for the OpenSea community to find authentic content with confidence. At the same time, we’ve seen incredible communities come together through substantively additive remixes, and we want to encourage these creative universes to thrive.

We’re committed to threading the needle between removing copymints and giving space for those substantively additive remixes to prosper. So today, we’re announcing a two-part system to help with this goal:

  1. Image Recognition Technology – Our new copymint prevention system leverages computer-vision tech to scan all NFTs on OpenSea (including new mints). The system then matches these scans against a set of authentic collections, starting with some of the most copy-minted collections — we’ll look for flips, rotations & other permutations. We’ll expand this set over the coming months and constantly train our models to improve detection.
  2. Dedicated Human Review – Making this image recognition technology work requires dedicated “humans in the loop” who can review removal recommendations and train our models continuously.

With this system, our long-term goal is two-pronged: first, with help from our community, to eliminate all existing copymints on OpenSea; and second, to help prevent new copymints from appearing in the first place. We’ve already started the process of delisting identified copymint collections, and we’ll scale up our removal process in phases over the next several weeks. 

We consider these programs and products collectively as OpenSea’s lighthouse – helping protect creators and collectors and ensuring our community can navigate the world of NFTs confidently. Together, we believe these changes simultaneously improve trust in the NFT ecosystem by elevating authentic content and removing plagiarized works.

Our work here is ongoing and we still have more to do; but we’re committed to continuous improvements and welcome the feedback of our community on these efforts.


We’re Improving the OpenSea Verification Process

As the NFT ecosystem continues to evolve, imitation and plagiarism are growing issues that hinder trust in this space; in a recent blog post, we outlined a number of changes aimed at improving authenticity on OpenSea and increasing trust for our community. 

Our changes cover 2 areas:

  1. An updated account verification and collection badging system that also broadens the number of creators eligible for verification.
  2. An automated system to identify, remove, and prevent instances of “copymints” (copies of authentic NFT content).

In this post, we will dive deeper into the updated account verification and collection badging system and give insight into our verification plans moving forward.

Account Verification and Collection Badging on OpenSea

Account verification and collection badging on OpenSea are intended to help both creators and collectors by surfacing authentic accounts and content more prominently.

Verified accounts are denoted by the blue checkmark badge

But we’ve heard from our community that eligibility for verification and badging is opaque and the process is slow and cumbersome. So we’re rolling out four changes to improve the system:

  • An invite-based account verification system, with broader eligibility criteria
  • An updated collection badge
  • A new streamlined, in-product notification and application experience
  • A dedicated customer support team for verification and badging, with response within 7 days

Please note that while many parts of this process are improving, projects that are currently verified will not lose their existing verification.

The sections below will go into more detail about each of these changes.

Invite-based account verification

To start, any account that owns a collection with at least 100 ETH of volume will be invited to apply for verification. We plan to broaden eligibility soon and introduce additional factors, like presence and activity on Twitter and Discord, when considering who should be eligible for verification. 

This is just the start – we are committed to a future where any authentic creator’s account can be verified, while keeping scammers out of the system.

Updated collection badges

Collection badges are used to identify collections that are owned by a verified account AND have significant interest or sales. Initially, any collection with at least 100 ETH of volume will be eligible for badging. Similar to account verification, we plan to broaden eligibility criteria for collection badging soon.

Details on collection badging

In-product experience

Users eligible for account verification will see a banner at the top of their OpenSea account page.

Banner on the account page visible to accounts eligible for verification

When users click on the banner, they’ll be directed to the “Profile Settings” page which lays out the four requirements for account verification:

  • A profile image
  • A username
  • A verified email address
  • A connected Twitter account (Learn more)

Once these requirements are met, eligible users can submit an account verification request.

Account verification checklist on the Account Settings page

OpenSea will contact verified creators with an invitation to badge their collection via the email address they provided. These creators will be able to request badging for collections with at least 100 ETH of volume from the “Edit My Collection” page, and will be asked to:

  • Set a collection name, logo image, and banner image
  • Connect the collection’s Twitter account (Learn more)

Once these requirements are met, creators of eligible collections can submit a badging request.

Collection badging checklist on the Edit My Collection page

A dedicated team of customer support specialists will respond to all account verification and collection badging requests within seven days. 

Final thoughts

Today’s announcement is another step in making a more trusted and authentic OpenSea experience. For those who don’t yet meet the requirements, please know that we’re working on your behalf to expand eligibility. We’re committed to a goal where any authentic creator’s account can be verified while keeping scammers out of the system – and we know that we have more work to do to reach this goal.
In the meantime, please see our help center or contact us with any questions.


How to stay safe on Discord and Social Media

At OpenSea, we’re constantly taking steps to improve trust and safety in the NFT space and ensure users feel confident connecting with us in all of our community channels. However, safety in web3 also requires users to stay vigilant and protect themselves on Discord and other third-party community platforms.

How to stay safe on Discord

In OpenSea’s Discord server, you’ll find several channels where you can hang out and discuss the latest NFT trends with your fellow community members – and we encourage you to engage! That said, when seeking help from OpenSea support reps, we recommend reaching us through our official OpenSea support channel, support.opensea.io.

When engaging and asking questions of the broader community on Discord, always be cautious. All OpenSea staff and official Discord moderators can be identified by a green checkmark ✅ in front of their username (see below).

All OpenSea staff and Discord moderators have a green checkmark in front of their username.

And again, for official customer support, please contact our 24/7 support team at support.opensea.io.

As a general reminder, OpenSea staff will NEVER:

  • ❌ Send DMs to you first.
  • ❌ Ask for your crypto wallet seed phrase.
  • ❌ Ask to see your crypto wallet QR code.
  • ❌ Ask you to sign any message with your wallet or send you to a link that asks you to sign a message with your wallet.
  • ❌ Ask you to verify your identity in any capacity, eg. no links to an external website to login to.
  • ❌ Invite you to a different Discord server.
  • ❌ Ask you to transfer cryptocurrencies or NFTs on their behalf.
  • ❌ Ask you to click on any links besides support.opensea.io, twitter.com/opensea and twitter.com/opensea_support.
  • ❌ Ask you to scan a QR code for collection verification or for technical support.
An example of a suspicious Discord DM request.

If you have received one of the requests listed above, it is likely a suspicious request. Please report the sender to Discord.

Safety First: Best Practices

Below you’ll find a series of operational security (opsec) best practices that users of all backgrounds should maintain on a regular basis. With bad actors constantly on the move – even the most experienced web3 users can fall victim to scams and phishing attempts across the community ecosystem. 

1) Avoid DMs

We recommend that you block DMs for Discord. To do so:

  1. Right-click on the server logo.
  2. Click on “Privacy Settings”
  3. Disable DMs.
  4. If you want to take extra precautions, you can disable all direct messages by default in servers.
You can disable all direct messages by default in Discord settings.

In general, most scam and phishing attempts begin through DMs. Be suspicious of any requests from strangers and always vet them. This applies to other chat apps frequently used in the web3 community like Telegram and Signal.

2) Be cautious of friend requests

Most popular Discord servers in web3 will have DM’s turned off by default. In this situation, the only way DM’s can take place is if users are already connected through an existing conversation, or if another member (nefarious or not) issues a friend request. 

Pending: Where friend requests can be viewed, accepted and deleted.

If you need to connect over DMs, it’s best to vet and confirm if the other party is who they say they are. You can screenshot their request and confirm its authenticity directly with that party over Twitter or email. 

3) Don’t click on unfamiliar links or download unknown files

This tip is as old as the internet but just as relevant in web3.

Whether in Discord or elsewhere, avoid clicking on unfamiliar links and downloading files as they may have malicious scripts which will compromise your account (or worse, your device). Be highly suspicious of any request that requires you to install or run any program. Even an action as simple as installing a bookmark may compromise your Discord account. 

4) Use timestamp-based Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Discord offers SMS as a method of 2FA. However, receiving 2FA via SMS is a possible risk vector if your phone’s SIM card has been compromised. It’s best to use a timestamp-based method of 2FA with apps like Google Authenticator. You can toggle this in your Discord settings.

Make sure to enable timestamp based 2FA with an app like Google Authenticator or Authy.

In general, you should apply timestamp-based 2FA to all of your main web3 apps, if possible.

5) Use multiple accounts & devices 

Discord recently released a new feature that lets you manage multiple Discord accounts on one device. If you are a member of different web3 communities, using dedicated accounts for specific servers is an effective way to reduce risk. One step further is to use a dedicated device for Discord. For example, you can install Discord on an older smartphone and log in to your Discord account via your browser.

You can now manage multiple accounts on Discord. Right click on your profile photo to switch accounts.

What should I do if I have been compromised?

If your Discord account has been affected, please contact Discord and create a new account.

If you think you may have clicked a link to a malicious website or scanned a malicious QR code, we recommend installing a new wallet, and moving your items to it ASAP

Please contact OpenSea at support.opensea.io for official customer support.

If you see something suspicious, please let us know.