What Are NFT Royalties And Why Does OpenSea’s Stance On This Matters?

NFT royalties are automated payments made to the creators of NFTs on resales of their NFT art pieces. Each NFT’s royalties are encoded in the NFT’s smart contract. When a secondary sale takes place, the smart contract pays the marketplace a percentage of the royalty as per the creator’s request. The royalties are then paid to the creator by the marketplace that facilitated the transaction.

Beeple’s NFT “Crossroads” was resold on the secondary market in February 2021 for $6.6 million. Beeple got a royalty of 10% on that sale. This particular example shows the importance of NFT royalties.

Traditionally, creators and artists were unable to trace subsequent transactions on their creations. The first sale of their artwork was all they would make from it.

And no matter how popular or successful their art piece got over time, they stood to make nothing from previously sold work. Buyers of their work might resale it for a high price. As a result, secondary sales didn’t help artists.

This story is different in the case of NFTs. Artists can benefit from their masterpieces for as long as they choose with NFT royalties.

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Why Does OpenSea’s Stance On This Matters?

In recent months, several NFT marketplaces have turned away from recognising creator-set royalties, although leading platform OpenSea has stayed mute on the topic, presumably assessing its options.

On November 6, the $13.3 billion firm shared its approach to NFT royalties in a Twitter thread.

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According to the thread and corresponding blog, they are going to implement a mechanism that would allow creators of new projects to ban particular marketplaces that do not require traders to pay royalties. The new mechanism goes into effect on November 8.

OpenSea tweeted, “It’s clear that many creators want the ability to enforce fees on-chain & we believe that choice should be theirs–not a marketplace’s–to make.

So we’re building tools we hope will balance the scales by putting more power in creators’ hands to control their business model.”

Many new and competing marketplaces are trying to gain market share by offering zero-royalty trading or making it optional. After top Solana marketplace, Magic Eden, made royalties optional for traders, other Ethereum platforms like X2Y2, LooksRare, and Blur followed suit. Nearly the entire Solana NFT market now operates using such arrangements.

OpenSea stated that it is still evaluating what to do with existing NFT projects. And it will seek further community feedback. It will take a decision regarding this before December 8th. After that date, the marketplace will make a decision, which may include making royalty fee payments optional for dealers, as some other markets have already done.

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Many traders opt not to pay creator royalty payments when its not necessary. In late October, a twitter account, punk9059, claiming to be Director of Research at proof_xyz, published data from X2Y2 revealing that just 18% of dealers chose to pay any royalty fee.

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