Blur vs. OpenSea: A Battle for Creator Royalties

The world of NFTs has been buzzing with discussions around the limitations of earning royalties on different platforms. But Blur, a community-driven NFT marketplace, is looking to change the game. In this article, we'll explore the current options available to NFT creators and how Blur is aiming to enable full royalty enforcement on both OpenSea and Blur.

Recently, the question of royalties for NFT producers has gained a lot of attention, particularly in light of the restrictions on royalties that apply to various platforms. Currently, artists may only receive full royalties on either Blur or OpenSea, not both at once. But Blur, a neighborhood-driven NFT marketplace, wants to alter that.

In their Season 1 airdrop, Blur gave out $BLUR to artists as a way to welcome them to the community and show their dedication to assisting creators in obtaining full royalties worldwide. We'll look at the alternatives now accessible to creators in this post, as well as how Blur intends to provide comprehensive royalty enforcement on both OpenSea and Blur.

Option 1: Ignore the block

Although new collections without filters are completely decentralized, they are unable to obstruct markets with optional or zero royalties. On these collections, OpenSea makes royalties optional, while Blur requires a minimum royalty of 0.5%. (the seller can opt-in to higher royalties as well).

Alternative 2: Block Blur

When collections filter markets on their blocklist, which includes Blur, OpenSea does not establish optional royalties. It's crucial to remember that the blocklist just stops Blur bidding—it does not stop trade or listing. OpenSea and Blur both need minimum royalties of 0.5% for these sets.

Lur bids provide creators floor support, more volume, and royalty income. The capacity of a creator to get royalties is not enhanced by disabling bids. It just does harm. We believe there is an alternative.

Block OpenSea is Option 3 (RECOMMENDED).

Instead of being forced to pick, we desire that authors be able to get royalties on any markets that they whitelist. Blur imposes full royalties on collections that prevent selling on OpenSea in order to promote this.

Only up until Choice 4 becomes available will this option be advised. For your new collection, current collection, or utilizing Manifold, find out how to apply Option 3.

It's vital to remember that Creators who choose the suggested course of action will be qualified for Season 2 awards.

Option 4: Don't ban either The creators of OpenSea and Blur should be able to receive royalties on both platforms if they are whitelisted. Currently, when OpenSea detects trade on Blur, royalties are automatically set to optional. We warmly invite OpenSea to abandon this approach so that all new collections can generate royalties.

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Why does Blur not need full royalties for unfiltered collections?

Traders frequently switch to marketplaces with zero royalties when marketplaces attempt to impose royalties on collections without filters. When Sudo debuted in July 2022, this already occurred, and since then more markets have appeared with a zero royalty strategy. The royalty problem for already-existing collections cannot be resolved by on-chain filtering.

By raising the minimum royalties while keeping prices reasonable, Blur is attempting to maximize revenues for these compilations. It is essential to keep prices competitive to stop merchants from switching to marketplaces with completely zero royalties. Blur has started requiring a minimum royalty of 0.5% on collections without filters in order to achieve this. The intention is to raise the base royalty rate over time.

When Blur is on the whitelist, why has OpenSea set royalties to optional?

Blur's blocking by creators is advantageous to OpenSea's business. However, we'd like to think that their policy's main driving force isn't that. In the end, we think OpenSea also wants to treat creators fairly, and they have a different idea of what a suitable solution looks like.

Blur's stance of outdated collections without filters has mostly been highlighted by OpenSea as justification for why Blur should still be filtered by new collections. However, their suggested remedy has significant weaknesses (see first FAQ above), which is why Blur has adopted a different strategy that has a higher chance of permanently resolving the problem. We would like to extend an invitation to OpenSea to work with Blur and enable full royalties on new collections as well as to keep looking into solutions for all collections, filters or not.