OpenSea changes its creator NFT royalties once again upon increased criticism


  • OpenSea has introduced multiple alterations into its creator royalties approach upon being criticized by certain builders and creators.
  • Creation of Ownership Research Institute is another tweak to OpenSea’s approach and defines a group to supervise the management of a list of Ethereum marketplaces that are blocked by the Operator Filter tool.
  • The deadline to use the tool and implement royalties by creators has been extended.

Last month, OpenSea shared plans for creator NFT royalties even though the approach wasn’t well-accepted by everyone. After some time, the marketplace announced it was sticking with NFT creator royalties. Now, once again, the marketplace is bringing about a change in its policies after receiving criticism from certain Web3 builders. 

Previously, Today NFT News reported OpenSea claimed creators made $1 billion in royalties in 2022. 

Taking to Twitter, OpenSea disclosed several changes regarding its NFT royalties approach, which also include the establishment of the Creator Ownership Research Institute

OpenSea and many other smart contract builders and marketplaces are a part of CORI. A multi-signature wallet will be utilized by the companies for alterations in the registry. OpenSea also shared plans for expanding the governance of the registry to include more stakeholders.

Devin Finzer, OpenSea CEO, shared that they are looking forward to decentralizing its blocklist tool’s governance. The move is among one of the approaches by the marketplace in terms of facing backlash about its blocklist tool. Just after a few days of announcing the tool, OpenSea started imposing royalties on new projects that applied its code in their smart contracts. 

The next day, i.e. on November 8, the marketplace declared enforcing royalties on projects that were minted prior to that date; thus, inviting criticism from creators. Projects deployed either on or after the date without applying the Operator Filter tool won’t get royalties anymore from trades on the marketplace. 

While the details might be unclear to certain creators, there are cases where creators chose to not use the tool since they consider it an offense to decentralization or a controlling decision by a marketplace that’s taking actions against those who are warning its authority. 

Erick Calderon, founder and CEO of Art Blocks, called OpenSea’s approach a bully move and referred to the tool as malware. This week, an Art Blocks project was released without implementing the tool, and the marketplace didn’t urge traders to pay creator fees.

According to OpenSea, the enforcement deadlines will be regulated to January 2, 2023. As a result, projects released on or after November 8 without implementing the blocklist tool will have creator royalties. 

The marketplace tweeted that this month has been quite difficult, besides acknowledging the fact that sometimes their choices were impulsive as well as demand for the needs of certain creators. 

NFT creators who release projects on or after January 2 without applying the Operator Filter tool will be allowed to set a royalty fee, though it will be up to the collectors whether to comply with it.