Magic Eden’s Attempt to Protect NFT Creators’ Royalties Gets Backlash from Community

Magic Eden’s Attempt to Protect NFT Creators’ Royalties Gets Backlash from Community

Following the launch of MetaShield functionality on September 12th, Solana-based NFT marketplace Magic Eden received a mix of reactions from the community. 

The new NFT royalty enforcement tool allows NFT authors to flag and blur NFTs that may have been sold, avoiding creator royalties.

Mixed Reaction from Community

After the initial announcement of the launch, the new update received a mixed reaction from the NFT community. The discussion split on whether NFT marketplaces should protect creator rights or cut royalty fees to make NFTs cheaper for collectors. Many addressed the marketplace fees.

Twitter user Grug commented: “There is no way you haven’t seen the discussion regarding your own 2% fees on all volume, and then there is the blurring of the jpegs… You’re the problem not the royalties, bunch of centralised cucks.”

However, many have also praised Magic Eden for protecting NFT creators. “People love to be negative but this is sensible and a transparent update. Let creators decide what royalties they want to enforce. Let marketplaces compete on service/product and on service fees (these will probably come down to be fair), but NOT on royalties (creator choice),” wrote Twitter user BWeys.

Magic Eden Defends the Update

On Twitter, Magic Eden marketplace defended MetaShield, noting that it was launched to protect creators, not to punish buyers. The marketplace argued that even though MetaShield is not yet perfect, “zero royalty marketplaces” shouldn’t become the industry’s standard.

According to Magic Eden, MetaShield was created to allow creators to “monitor Solana NFTs listed with custom royalties” and “take action where they see fit” to protect their brand.

As stated on the Magic Eden website, NFT authors are given “Editor” privileges to conceal the NFT, allowing them to modify the royalties, add a watermark, or blur the image. Once the debt is paid, the Editor can restore the NFT to its original condition.

Not every NFT marketplace has taken Magic Eden’s side. Sudoswap, an NFT marketplace X2Y2, has emerged as the most prominent opponent of creator royalties.

Recently, sudoswap announced its new marketplace protocol’s public release, which comes with no support for creator royalties. Without charging royalties, the platform is more buyer-friendly.

Furthermore, the NFT marketplace obtains the royalty first through the transaction and is not required to pass it on. That’s why, according to Langston Thomas of “nft now,” even when smart contracts are in place to pay author royalties, it is ultimately up to the NFT marketplace to respect the royalty arrangement. And, of course, enforcement of royalties always raises the question of centralization.

On the Flipside

  • The new tool by Magic Eden came only a few weeks after NFT marketplace X2Y2 introduced a new feature that allows buying an NFT to decide whether they pay a royalty fee and how much. 
  • In June, OpenSea NFT marketplace announced scaling review and moderation on their platform to cut down critical response times in case of scams and fraud. One of the updates introduced to the platform is the automatic hiding of suspicious NFT transfers to reduce their visibility on users’ profile pages. The marketplace came under fire because of failing to employ reasonable security measures and profiting from the sale of stolen NFTs.

Why You Should Care

According to DappRadar, Magic Eden marketplace rates second, after Opensea, with a $4.13 million trading volume. Also, it is the largest NFT marketplace on the Solana blockchain.

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