NFT's are everywhere. You hear them on the news: "A picture of a monkey was just bought for $100,000!" You think, "no way someone would buy a picture on the internet for that much money."

Antisocial Ape Club, ASAC, on NEAR.
Antisocial Ape Club, or ASAC, a popular NFT collection on NEAR
Though NFTs have been around since 2014, in 2021 they blew up in popularity and some have sold for over millions on dollars.

What makes these "images" so attractive? Why can't we just copy+paste and own the image ourselves without purchasing it?

In this beginner series we'll cover what NFTs are, their use cases, and where you can buy or create them on the NEAR blockchain.