OpenSea tweaks policy on NFTs royalties after early criticism

The leading marketplace for nonfungible tokens OpenSea has announced another slew of changes to its approach revealed in early November toward enforcing viable creator royalties on NFTs projects. This is coming after the marketplace received criticism on that policy, which didn’t sit well with some creators and Web3 builders.

OpenSea forms CORI to decentralize its Operator Filter Registry

Among the changes is the formation of the Creator Ownership Research Institute (CORI), an organization tasked with overseeing Operator Filter, the new on-chain tool developed by OpenSea to enforce NFTs creator fees. OpenSea said the formation of the CORI is the first step towards enabling a more efficient version (v2) of Operator Filter. 

Also, the ownership of Operator Filter will be transferred to a multi-sig controlled by OpenSea and other industry-leading participants such as ZORA, Manifold, Foundation, SuperRare, and Nifty Gateway. The goal is to decentralize management and governance of the tools registry, OpenSea said. 

Per the tweets, in addition to controlling the governance aspect of the enforcement tool, the new organization CORI is charged with creating open and transparent policies to improve the mechanisms by which creator royalties are enforced in the future.

One of the criticisms OpenSea received shortly after Operator Filter launch on November 8th was that the deadline for NFT projects was too short. Therefore, some of the new NFT projects that launched on or after the date without implementing the on-chain tool on their smart contract were left with no option for collecting creator fees from trades made on the marketplace. 

OpenSea pushes back the deadline for creators to comply 

Considering the complaints, OpenSea said it’s pushing back the deadline to January 2nd, 2023 for every new collection launched on the EVM-compatible blockchains supported by the marketplace. For creators that choose not to go with Operator Filter, OpenSea said it will launch a feature on January 2nd to enable the creators set their royalties. Unlike the on-chain enforcement tool, the feature will be made optional for collectors to comply with. 

“We heard the feedback loud and clear that this window of time was not sufficient,” OpenSea clarified in a Twitter thread. “We’ve extended the deadline for when new collections will be required to comply with the creator fee enforcement standard to January 2nd, 2023 across all EVM chains.

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