Tacking onto the many “firsts” in the digital asset space, this month saw a leadoff non-fungible token (NFT) insider trading indictment from the Department of Justice, raising new possibilities about where exactly these blockchain-powered tokens fit in the current financial framework.

The question of whether an NFT is a security has come up several times, and United States of America v. Chastain in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York brings the dispute back to the forefront.