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What are NFT royalties? And Who gains from a NFT royalty?

What is the difference between NFT royalties and commission? How long do my NFT royalties last? How do NFT commissions work? 

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August 16, 2022

Certhis platform simplifies NFT royalties for creators  

One of the main advantages of NFTs is the ability to reward artists and creators for their work throughout their entire life, by automatically rewarding them with royalties of every sale of their creation, via a code written into a smart contract on the blockchain.

What are NFT royalties?

NFT royalties are a percentage of each NFT sale that go to the creator of the NFT rather than the seller. Thanks to blockchain technology, this can be done without any intermediaries, although usually a commission is paid to a marketplace platform where people buy and sell NFTs

What are the NFT royalty percentages?

It’s up to NFT creators to choose what percentage of royalties they are demanding on secondary sales, if at all. This amount can vary but usually does not exceed 10%.

Why use NFT royalties?

The ability to earn lifetime royalties on NFT sales is an amazing way for artists to monetize their work and earn a share of the profits for their creations which they deserve. It can also be used for businesses and artists with multiple collections. Keep reading for insights on how to grow your NFT sales and earn NFT royalties under one brand using Certhis.

Create your label to to manage your NFT royalties

The first step to building a brand associated with NFTs using Certhis is to create a label. This label represents your brand. To create your label you must first sign up to Certhis and create a user. See the article below on how to do this. Once you are registered, select the “create label” button.

Now fill out the details of your label. A picture, a background picture, and a short description of who you are and what product you are offering. You can display links to any social media accounts or websites you want on your label page.

The next stage is to insert a wallet address, this is where your business revenue, including NFT royalties, will go. You will also insert your label comission. This determines what percentage of sales royalties of collections under your label, will go to the label owner. We will discuss this soon in more detail. Select “Create label”. Once the transaction is approved, you will own a label on the Certhis platform, which you will be able to see on your user page. 

Create a collection under your label and select your NFT commission

Now that you have created your label, you will want to create an NFT collection, under your label. Select the manage button on the label you have created. This is your label page, from here you can manage all your collections. At the moment the page is empty. Select “Create my first collection” and a new page will show up.

It should be noted that this page is the same as the “create collection” page for users who wish to create a standalone NFT collection that is not part of a label. For details about Certhis features for creating a collection, read the article ‘how to create a collection with Certhis”. But if you are creating a collection as part of a label, it is important to understand the NFT royalty and commission structure. 

NFT royalties

The next stage for creating your collection is to choose your commission. This is what percentage of future sales of NFTs in the collection will go to you, the creator of the collection. Here the process will be the same as any collection you create with Certhis.io. But in addition there is also a label commision. This is the percentage of the sales revenue, NFT royalties, that go to the label, under which the collection is created. Sounds complicated? Let’s break it down.

4 layers of NFT commission

Here is an example of how a diverse group can benefit from Certhis’ 4 layers of NFT commission structure. Say there is an art gallery that has begun to publish art as NFTs. They decided to create a label with Certhis, let’s call it “Art Gallery”. Art Gallery sets its label commission at 3%.

Art Gallery collaborates with artists, allowing them to publish collections on their website, on their NFT platform, and on their social media pages, under their label using Certhis, giving those artists exposure.

A photographer, who specializes in landscapes, decides to create an NFT collection of 100 exquisite photos of beautiful scenery. Let’s call this photographer “Landscape Photographer”. Landscape Photographer is relatively unknown, so he works out a partnership with Art Gallery to publish his collection under their label to increase his exposure and sales. “Landscape Photographer” sets his collection commission at 2.5%.

But we’re not done. “Landscape photographer” is not working alone. He wants to add 10 photographs from exotic locations he himself can’t reach. But through his contacts he is able to connect with other photographers that have been to those locations and have produced very beautiful and original photos of them. But nobody gives up their work for free. They each want their name to appear in the description of the NFT, and they want their share of the profit as well.

One of them filmed 2 great photographs from the Grand Canyon, we will call her “Grand Canyon”. She negotiates for a 2% commission. Now let’s move ahead in time. The collection is published. Somebody owns one of the NFT’s, a photo by “Grand Canyon”. He sells it for 1 Ethereum, and a window will pop up with the NFT commission breakdown.

Layer 1

Certhis.io (Platform): 2.5%

Layer 2

Art Gallery (Label): 3%

Layer 3

Landscape Photographer (Collection): 2.5%

Layer 4

Grand Canyon (Royalties): 2%

Total: 10%

So doing some math, here is a breakdown of  what each person earns:

Seller: 0.9 ETH

Certhis: 0.025 ETH,

Art Gallery: 0.03 ETH

Landscape Photographer: 0.025 ETH

Grand Canyon: 0.02 ETH

It should be noted that different items in the collection can come out to different final NFT commission totals. So an NFT of a photo filmed by Landscape Photographer himself, the owner and creator of the collection, doesn’t have a layer 4 royalty. So any future sale of that NFT would just have layers 1-3 of commission, for a total of 8%. Another NFT was produced in collaboration with a different photographer who demanded 5% royalties, so if that replaces the 2% royalty in layer 4 for Grand Canyon, then the total commission would be 13% for that specific NFT.


This example illustrates the utility of creating a label using Certhis, which enables collaborations and simplifies the process of working out NFT commissions and NFT royalties. This is especially true for traditional businesses that want to begin creating and selling NFTs under their already thriving brand. So like the example in this article, the expectation is that in the future every art gallery will also have an NFT art division. But this will also apply for fashion retail, gaming companies, sport franchises, and much more. Now they can team up with creators who have experience in the world of NFTs and work out a partnership where each side receives their share of NFT royalties. For life.


Q&A : What are NFT royalties? 

NFT royalties are the percentage of every future sale of an NFT that goes to the creator of that NFT. This is the way artists can monetize their work, rather than receive payment only on the first sale.

Q&A: What is the difference between NFT royalties and commission? 

Essentially there is no difference. Both terms refer to a percentage of a sale that goes to someone else other than the seller: a person or company that was involved in creating the NFT. Different platforms will use different terms and sometimes use both terms. Although royalties will more often refer to NFT creators and artists while commission usually refers to a marketplace or a platform for buying and selling NFTs (this can also be referred to as a tax or a fee).

Q&A: How long do my NFT royalties last?

Any royalty for an NFT is for life! 

Q&A: How do NFT commissions work? 

NFT commissions are decided before an NFT is minted or published on a platform. The creator chooses what commission he wants to get on future sales, and then receives the sum of future sales automatically into his wallet.

Q&A: What is the standard NFT commission? 

Most NFTs have a commission ranging from 0% to 10%. Some NFT marketplaces, like OpenSea, limit commissions to 10%. A commission is usually also paid to the platform where the sale is conducted.

Q&A: Who gains from a NFT royalty?

The NFT creator is the main beneficiary of an NFT royalty. Because even when that creator doesn’t own an NFT and it is sold by someone else, he will still earn passive income from sales of NFTs he created.

Q&A: Why use NFT royalties?

Royalties are a great way for artists and other creators to monetize their work. They will be rewarded in the future if their artwork is popular through royalties on future sales, without needing any mediary to ensure they get a fair share of the profits for items they worked so hard to create. 


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