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NFT royalties are payouts given to the creator of an NFT each time a secondary sale occurs. These royalties are permanent and are automatically executed by smart contracts. In this article, we'll discuss NFT royalties and how they serve as a source of passive income for NFT creators.


  • NFT royalties are proceeds that are automatically sent to the original creators of NFTs whenever they are sold or resold in marketplaces.
  • NFT royalties are encoded in smart contracts and are tracked on-chain. Hence once a transaction happens, the desired percentage is automatically transferred to the creators.
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NFT royalties are a fraction of the sale price of non-fungible tokens that are automatically given to their creators wherever they are sold or resold on a marketplace.

NFT royalties encourage creators to continue producing high-quality work since they are convinced that they will perpetually share a portion of the amount made via secondary sales.

Numerous creatives have flocked to the NFT domain in an effort to optimize their earning potential and gain access to NFT royalties, which will enable them to continue to profit from their works perpetually. However, not all NFTs provide royalties to their creators since creators must first include the royalty percentage in the smart contract before minting the NFT.


In contrast to conventional royalty payments, NFT royalties do not require any middlemen. Hence, there are no intermediaries involved in the process. Payouts are perpetually executed by smart contracts which guarantee that creators always receive a cut from the sales of their NFTs. Therefore creators do not need to barter or keep a close check on middlemen, or collectors who resell their works.

NFT royalties often fall between the range of 5–10%. The majority of the NFT markets allow creators to select the percentage of their royalties that will be paid out automatically with each succeeding sale in the secondary market. The platform then executes the contract's conditions automatically. However, the specifics of compensation schedules vary between platforms.

Also, NFT royalties have a somewhat vulnerable technical aspect despite the fact that they are powered by smart contracts. NFT collectors may avoid paying NFT royalties since the smart contracts governing an NFT only function on the blockchain where it was established.


NFT royalties support content creators as it provides a means for them to make perpetual passive income. However, NFT royalties are also beneficial to collectors as they won't have to be concerned about forgeries saturating the market and devaluing their NFTs since it is easy to identify their original creator.

As a result, NFT fanatics can confirm the legitimacy of an NFT, and the creators can't be swindled since they have access to automated smart contract payments that do not depend on intermediaries they may have to trust.

The ability of NFT creators to retain the ownership of copyrights is another awesome feature that NFT royalties provide. Furthermore, creators have the right to sell their ownership rights to third parties who will subsequently receive royalty payments.


Conversations on NFT creator royalties have changed recently as certain platforms have opted out of royalties, and this has sparked protracted debates over whether NFT artists ought to receive continued royalties for secondary market transactions.

This is because NFT traders do not enjoy any monetary benefit from ongoing resale payments, rather they must pay royalties in addition to the actual cost of NFTs. Considering the pricy nature of  NFTs, this royalty price can add up to a specific amount. Hence, many new NFT marketplaces have ceased paying creator royalties in order to draw in more customers.

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Yawww, an NFT marketplace based on the Solana network, launched earlier this year without support for royalties. Subsequently, SudoAMM, an Ethereum NFT marketplace developed by Sudoswap, followed suit and disregarded artist royalties. X2Y2 and Solanart have also joined the bandwagon by deciding to appeal to collectors rather than creators.

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In September 2022, MagicEden, the biggest NFT marketplace on Solana in partnership with Coral Cube announced the launch of a tool called MetaShield that locates NFTs listed and traded on exchanges that evade author royalties. The tool also allows creators to “shield” or take other actions such as blurring the image, updating the metadata, or flagging the NFT.

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However, a few days later MagicEden announced that royalties are optional and added that they begin a promotion to waive platform fees.

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Following their lead, the Ethereum-based NFT platform LooksRare which also once supported royalties and claims to have distributed over $65 million in royalties to creators and artists included a checkbox for royalties at checkout for those who still wanted to pay them. LooksRare also added that 25% of the transaction fees obtained from its marketplace will be distributed amongst creators and collection owners.

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NFT creators have expressed their grievances on Twitter, and influencers such as 6529 and j1mmy.eth have aired their opinion on the matter.

According to 6529, it is anti-capitalistic to prevent NFT creators from setting the rules of their game.

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J1mmy.eth added that NFT creators should update their terms of use to impose collectors and marketplaces to honor royalties.    

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There are still intense controversies over the effects of NFT royalties on the creative economy powered by Web3, and it may appear that NFT creators are losing the fight to NFT marketplaces that retract royalties to appeal to collectors. However, big NFT marketplaces like OpenSea still believe that creators should have a choice to set royalty fees and intend to enforce creator fees for new EVM collections where the payment of creator fees is enforced on-chain. So, rather than taking place on specific markets, the method for ensuring creator fee payments takes place directly on the blockchain.

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