@depatchedmode and I have been talking about explicit creator provenance on NFTs and we believe there is space for a new standard.
We propose a new ERC aimed at establishing clear, explicit, and verifiable provenance for creators of NFTs. Current NFT interfaces and marketplaces often implicitly attribute the role of ‘creator’ either to the contract deployer or to the first minter of the NFT. However, this approach has led to inconsistencies and ambiguities, particularly as some NFTs are viewed across different marketplaces or platforms and inconsistent information about the creator is listed.
To address this, our proposed ERC introduces a standard interface that allows for the explicit definition of a creator or multiple creators for an NFT token, a set of NFT tokens, or an entire NFT contract. This could be achieved by enabling the contract owner to set the creator address(es) explicitly. This approach will ensure that the smart contract serves as an unambiguous source of truth for creator provenance, regardless of who deploys or mints the NFTs.
Furthermore, our proposal accommodates a mechanism allowing creators to verify their creator address through a single transaction. This mechanism enhances the traceability and authenticity of NFTs, providing a robust solution to the current challenge of verifiable creator provenance in the NFT ecosystem.
We look forward to community feedback and engaging in further discussions on this important topic.
This proposal makes sense to me as a prolific NFT collector. Currently it can be a mess to see who created what. I also like the idea of being able to specify multiple creators which would be useful for art collaborations or any NFT with multiple authors.