National Lampoon sub-licensed the iconic Banana Issue NL Magazine Cover to Web3 artists, allowing them to creative unique derivatives in the first edition of the ReCover NFT series — a historic NFT collection showcasing Aspen’s abilities to provide Creators with legal basis to claim artist royalties.
Terms and conditions, cue eye-roll.
They’re pages we scroll past, close out of, and associate more with being a roadblock than a revolution. But what if they were just the thing we needed to catalyze a better solution for Creator Royalties?
What are terms and conditions anyway? T&Cs are nothing other than a contract in which the owner clarifies the conditions of use of its good or service through a document governing the contractual relationship between the provider of the good or service and its user. They are the green check we click everyday.
So what’s the hitch? There are already numerous examples of NFTs with terms and conditions right? — Well, yes, but the problem is those terms and conditions are not integrated into the NFT acquisition process, meaning they ultimately may not prove to be legally binding as clearly demonstrated by lack of royalty payment by marketplaces
That’s very problematic if you — like us — are trying to do what WordPress did for Web2: create a way for anyone to launch a custom-built web3 business.
Enter Optional Royalties.
What’s happening here is Creators deploy smart contracts that say they’re due 5% of royalties and write up nice neat terms and conditions reiterating this and drop them on their websites. However, when it comes to collecting, the marketplaces say no, and pass their royalties on to their real customers — traders — in pursuit of increased user acquisition and volume.
But wait, say the Creators, we had a smart contract and terms on our site, WTF!
Unfortunately, what Creators now understand is that because the new buyer/trader never ever contractually agreed to pay you, you have no legal basis to take action.
In other words, you’re S.O.L.
And from where we sit, that’s just not ok.
So, as people who have sat at the intersection of blockchain and legal tech for nearly a decade, we saw this day coming and have spent the last year building the first stepping stone to a better solution.
Introducing the World’s First Commercial NFT with Terms and Conditions built with Aspen’s No-code Creator Tools
We have partnered with cult-classic National Lampoon, in collaboration with soulcurryart and TAYL0RWTF, for a historic NFT drop at the intersection of creator royalties, NFT terms and conditions, and digital asset licensing agreements. This drop ensures Creators of any size can gain legal leverage on parties who take advantage of their digital property rights,such as the payment of royalties.
The collection, the first in the ReCover Series, delivers reimagined works of the iconic National Lampoon October 1973 Banana Issue featuring Vincent Van Gogh, transformed into NFTs, which can only be minted after the new owner agrees to the NFT’s terms and conditions.
Further, those terms and conditions must be agreed to by every subsequent buyer at each acquisition event following the initial mint on any marketplace that lists ETH-based NFTs.
This is possible via the smart contract National Lampoon created on Aspen which has disabled the transfer function until the new acquiring wallet signals on-chain that it accepts the collection’s T&Cs.
How do you accept the terms on-chain? For this particular mint, new owners will click the ‘Accept Terms’ button on National Lampoon’s Collection Page on Aspen.
Importantly, National Lampoon (or any marketplace for that matter) can join the party by adding an ‘accept terms’ button on their site via connecting to NL’s smart contract. Here’s a look at how it works across Aspen, OpenSea and Etherscan ⬇️
Note: we do this every day for all other digital purchases in the US, do we really think it will be any different with NFTs?
ReCover: The Intersection of Terms and Conditions, IP Protection, and NFT Royalties
While we’re firmly against marketplaces moving to optional and/or zero royalties, how can we expect said marketplaces to enforce creator royalties when there is no legal basis for them to do so? Before they can do better, there needs to be better tools and better technology available to build better experiences for all market participants.
That’s where we come in.
Aspen’s revolutionary NFT minting capabilities introduce integrated legal contracting, allowing brands and creators to synthesize real-world documents — like existing usage rights, commercial rights, and distribution rights — into their smart contracts supplemented with customizable terms attached to the associated NFTs.
The NFTs in the ReCover series also have royalties specifications outlined in — you guessed it — the terms and conditions. They will be the first commercial NFTs minted where a purchaser will agree to the NFTs terms in a legally binding way — providing Creators with the world’s first legal basis to claim unpaid royalties.
Let us say it another way:If your NFTs show up on a marketplace that won’t pay you royalties, now you can actually do something about it: they either pay up or take them down. This seems like a much better option then the unilateral greenlisting approach recently implemented by OpenSea and Immutable which, in our view, needlessly fractures the NFT ecosystem.
There’s a lot of exciting work to be done here, and there are more legal superpowers left to inject into NFTs (like zero knowledge proofs), but the reality is nothing can be built on a framework that doesn’t have a legal basis.This is why our first commercial service offers minting capabilities with (or without) terms and conditions.
Introducing Programmatic Multi-Wallet Payments for Primary Sales and Secondary Royalties
Here’s the encore.
If the world’s first NFT with integrated terms and conditions wasn’t an exciting enough headline for you — there’s more.
In addition to demonstrating integrated terms, National Lampoon’s ReCover Collection will also be the first NFT drop where all portions of the primary sale and all subsequent royalties will be automatically split and programmatically sent to each person’s wallet that’s associated with the creation of this collection.
National Lampoon will not take custody of the project’s revenues and/or royalties — their smart contract will handle this.
TAYL0RWTF and soulcurryart can call the contract directly to be paid programmatically without requiring National Lampoon to allocate from their wallet — something many Creators have learned is not possible with existing NFT minting tools and launchpads. Aspen allows unlimited wallets for multi-wallet payment distribution for both primary and secondary sales.
#CreatorRights also needs #CreatorPayments.
Minting ReCover NFTs: A Milestone Opportunity at the Intersection of Art, Comedy, and IP
Join us today, November 9th, to push the boundaries of today’s web3 ecosystem and establish new standards in digital property with the historic convergence of Terms, Royalties, and Creator Payments, all protected by a single, Creator-owned smart contract.
The first mint from National Lampoon, the ReCover project is social proof of the brand’s ability to merge legacy IP with modern artists generating attractive creative and economic opportunities for all project participants.
National Lampoon’s second collection,The Poison Pill, will be minting shortly after this initial, limited series mint. The Poison Pill NFT is an all-access pass to comedy’s new home in web3 and unlocks content, extended and early access trailers, pre-production art, set visits, red carpet events, comedy shows (and more!) for its holders.
Poison Pills will be available at a 25% discount to all who mint ReCover NFTs.
Interested in having your very own smart contract with or without terms and multi-wallet payouts?
Here’s what you need to know.
First, the no-code minting tools are currently available but behind our firewall. So, if you want to mint with us, you must fill out the following form.
Second, we will release our no-code Creator Tools suite in just a couple of weeks so any human or organization can build and scale a legally-protected web3 business. If you are planning a mint — we suggest you send a message our way (we’d love to get to know you!) Or, wait a week or two — and then come test us out yourself.
Finally, if your project doesn’t have any terms but you’d like to add them, we’ve got you. Creators can select from templates and/or talk to your lawyer, who can provide you with custom terms you can upload into Aspen. That’s what we call NFTs Your Way.
Postscript: if you’re a lawyer interested in having your form as a template option for Creators on our platform, please hit us at email@example.com.