What Are Royalties In Web3?


Heard people talking about royalties in Web3 but don’t really understand how they work? In this blog we will simply define and explain them.

A Simple Explanation Of Royalties In Web3

Royalties in Web3 relate to NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) and can refer to a digital piece of art, music, a collector’s item or even a physical asset. The royalty is set by the owner during the minting process but is normally in the range of 5-10%. Web3 is the third iteration of the web which is adding ownership to its reading and writing functionality.

How Do Royalties In Web3 Work?

Royalties in Web3 are automatic payments to owners of NFTs made every time their token is sold. The royalty is set on the blockchain platform by the original owner during the minting process with the use of a smart contract.  Every time the NFT is on-sold via a secondary market, the transaction is registered on the blockchain and the automatic payment is deposited. It’s a smart way for artists to realise some of the value of the NFTs if they appreciate greatly from their original sale price. Let’s say a piece of art is originally sold for 5 ETH and the artist has set a royalty rate of 10%. If a savvy buyer purchases it and sells it 12 months later for 200 ETH, the artist will recoup 10% of 200ETH or 20 ETH for their efforts. If it is sold again a further 12 months later for 500 ETH. The artist this time will be paid another 50 ETH.


There are two ways of making money from NFTs, either as the artist or as an investor.

Artist – An artist or content creator makes money upon the minting and sale of their NFTs as well as any subsequent sales via the royalty percentage they set.

Investors – Investors can make money out of NFTs by selling them for a profit. Not all NFTs increase in value however and some may lose most or all of their value so it is important to be well researched if you are buying for resale potential.

How Do Nfts Expire?

NFTs are often sold at online auctions. The owner can set a reserve or minimum sale price and if this is not met, the auction will end at the expiration date set. The original owner then retains ownership of the NFT. This is similar to a house being “passed in” at auction.

Why Use Nft Royalties On Web3?

NFT royalties are an easy and secure way to be paid a guaranteed return on your work every time it is sold. You don’t have to chase up the buyer or trust they are giving you your fair share of the profits. Smart contracts do all that work for you and ensure the integrity of every transaction is met. They also act as a passive income stream, allowing the creator to make money in their sleep. The copyright of an NFT remains with the content creator no matter how many times the token is sold. Smart contracts also allow creators to sell a portion of those rights as well, potentially adding more value.

Nfts In The Market Place

Musicians have long struggled to gain a fair share from their work with everyone in the chain from record companies to retail outlets leaving many of them with precious little. Piracy in the digital age saw that number dwindle close to zero, leaving touring and merchandise sales as the only income streams for most artists. But NFTs and blockchain technology cut out the middlemen and ensure artists of all kinds can earn the royalties they deserve, as long as their work is being sold.

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